Turkish dailies reports Monday details from PM Erdogan's presidential election campaign, FIFA World Cup matches in Brazil, and the ongoing advance of militant insurgents in Iraq.


The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s election rallies in eastern Turkey are covered extensively in Turkish newspapers Monday.

Daily TURKIYE says on its front page that Erdogan criticized the two main opposition parties' joint candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu without mentioning his name.

The daily quoted Erdogan as saying: "They asked him 'What are you going to do about roads?' He replied they had nothing to do with roads. They never have anything to do with roads, but we have. We will be closely interested in roads, tunnels and bridges."

"I'll be running from one building site to another," says the front page of VATAN, adding that the prime minister vowed to be actively engaged in projects to improve the country's infrastructure.

He is quoted as saying: "What you will see in me is a toiling, sweating president."

The first round of the election is due to be held on August 10. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will run off in a second round on August 24.

Some Turkish dailies covered a FIFA World Cup quarter-final game between the Netherlands and Costa Rica. The Dutch barely defeated the brave Central American side in penalty shoot-out on Saturday.

SABAH runs with the headline "Sub goalkeeper victory," referring to Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul, who replaced the team's starting goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen in the last minute of the extra-time. Krul saved two penalties during the shoot-out, putting his team through to semi finals.

The daily quotes the Netherlands' manager Louis van Gaal as saying: "We have been training him for penalties for seven weeks."

"I studied every single penalty they took during their game against Greece," Krul said according to the daily.

The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, continues to dominate the front pages of some newspapers.

Daily HURRIYET runs with the headline "They hit with water," referring to the dams captured by the militant group on the rivers of Euphrates and Tigris.

The newspapers says ISIL's leader and self-styled 'Caliph' of the self-declared Islamic state established in Iraq aims to extend his grip on oil and water resources.

It adds that dams controlled by ISIL appear as some of the most dangerous weapons in their hands.

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