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All Turkish dailies covered the story of al-Qaeda-linked militants seizing control of Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul on Tuesday.
Militants from the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Levant – ISIL – forced the Iraqi army and police forces to flee their positions, discarding uniforms and weapons, Daily HURRIYET said, adding that ISIL also seized the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu where over 25,000 Turkmens live.
Monday's twin suicide bombing at a security checkpoint in Iraq's predominantly Turkmen-populated town of Tuz Khurmatu killed at least 32 people and injured 110 others.
‘Escape from Mosul’ headlined MILLIYET saying thousands of families were fleeing north from Mosul, one of the great historic cities of the Middle East, towards the nearby Kurdish region.
Under its headline ‘Al-Qaeda is in Mosul’, daily RADIKAL quoted an academic from the city saying: “Mosul is totally under the control of ISIL... It’s a total collapse of the security forces. Soldiers and people are escaping in a state of fear..."
Daily STAR said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called on parliament to declare a state of emergency.
YENI SAFAK said 28 Turkish lorry drivers were captured by ISIL militants. As the drivers were transporting fuel to a thermal power plant, ISIL fighters raided the facility in the Gyarah region of Mosul.
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Anadolu Agency during an official visit in the Serbian capital, Belgrade: "We are currently in a busy traffic of exchange [with the authorities] to ensure the rescue of the drivers as soon as possible. There has been a continuous exchange between Ankara, Irbil, Baghdad, Tehran, Washington and Mosul in the last 24 hours."
The removal of a Turkish flag at a military compound in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir was also heavily covered in Wednesday's papers.
A masked protester removed the flag on Sunday at an air force base during protests following the deaths of two men in an illegal demonstration against the construction of a military outpost in the Lice district.
"Always the same trick," headlined daily TURKIYE saying the act caused anger similar to that in 1996 and 2005 when protesters took the flag down at a congress of the People's Democracy Party (HADEP) in Ankara in 1996 and a group of children attempted to burn a Turkish flag in the southern province of Mersin in 2005.
SABAH quoted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan telling the army that (they should have) "brought down the person who brought down the flag".
Many dailies also covered the launch of Turkey's first locally manufactured assault helicopter, called ‘ATAK’.
"Historical ATAK (attack)" is how daily YENI SAFAK covered the issue saying Turkey felt pride at manufacturing a local attack and tactical reconnaissance helicopter.
The 'ATAK' aircraft was made by local engineers at Turkish Aerospace Institutions Inc following a contract signed in 2007.
Daily HABER TURK said three out of 59 T-129 ATAK helicopters were delivered to Turkish Armed Forces on Tuesday at a ceremony.
AKSAM's front page ran with "Local 'ATAK' (attack) in national security" and showed Turkey's President Abdullah Gul and PM Erdogan at the controls of one helicopter.
Some dailies covered news that Haluk Dincer has become the new chairman of Turkey's leading business association TUSIAD after his predecessor resigned from the post last week.
Daily AKSAM said Dincer, TUSIAD former vice chairman, was elected to the top post during Tuesday's extraordinary executive meeting.
Muharrem Yilmaz, former chairman of the association, announced his resignation last week over ongoing tension between his dairy products company and its workers, daily VATAN reported.Last Mod: 11 Haziran 2014, 12:06