TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MARCH 3

Wednesday's dailies focus on Turkish President Erdogan's remarks on former intelligence chief Hakan Fidan's resignation to run in June election plus Turkish military aid delivered to Iraq in the fight against Daesh.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MARCH 3

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Turkish dailies mostly dedicate their front pages to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remarks on former intelligence chief Hakan Fidan's resignation to run in the country's June general election.

Papers also focused on Turkey’s military aid to Iraq in a new offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Daesh -- the Arabic acronym for the militant group which is also known as ISIL.

HURRIYET quotes President Erdogan as saying: "I still feel resentment towards Fidan." According to the daily, Erdogan spoke to reporters on his plane back from a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Fidan resigned his post on February 7 as head of Turkish National Intelligence Organization, or MIT, to run for election as an MP in the June 7 parliamentary election.

"We are ruling a government. He resigned and announced his candidacy, though we stated our opinions. So I still feel resentment towards him," Erdogan said.

HABERTURK also covers Erdogan's remarks on Fidan. The paper cites Erdogan as saying: "MIT is not an ordinary organization. If he had not been allowed, then he should have stayed."

Fidan held his post since May 2010, after serving as deputy undersecretary for Erdogan when he was prime minister.

He has been an influential figure in Turkey and made headlines several times mainly related to Turkey's solution process and its Middle East policy.

In other news, dailies report on Turkish military aid delivered to Iraq to fight against Daesh.

STAR runs the headline: "Support to Baghdad." The daily says that two C-130-type military planes carrying Turkish military aid landed in Muthenna Air Base in Baghdad on Tuesday.

"Military aid to Iraq from Turkey," was MILLIYET’s headline, citing Ankara’s envoy to Baghdad, Faruk Kaymakci, saying "the aid will be used to fight against Daesh."

According to Kaymakci, Turkey's defense minister, Ismet Yilmaz, will also meet officials from the Baghdad government and the Kurdish regional government in Erbil between on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

Iraq has been gripped by a security vacuum since June 2014 when Daesh militants stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared a self-styled caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.

 

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