TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MAR. 15

Tuesday papers covered the Ankara bombing and Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s decision to withdraw forces from Syria

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON MAR. 15

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Many dailies put the blame on the terrorist PKK organization for Sunday’s deadly bomb attack that killed 37 people in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

Most coverage focused on the purported bomber, identified in newspapers as 24-year-old female Turkish national Seher Cagla Demir.

“The organization PKK; the bomber Seher,” was MILLIYET’s headline.

“She was tried in absentia for being a PKK member. In 2013, [a local court] ruled for her arrest. Seher Demir was trained at PKK camps in bombing,” MILLIYET wrote.

The daily said 11 people had been held and the authorities were looking for 10 other people.

“Wanted for three years,” was HURRIYET’s headline.

HURRIYET claimed Seher was held in 2013 on charges of being a PKK member but she fled the group’s mountain camps. HURRIYET said that the authorities could not identify a male body found at the scene in Ankara, believing that he could have been a second bomber.

According to the daily, Demir arrived in Ankara five days before the attack and toured the city with the second bomber.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

STAR wrote: “Putin’s mark”

“Russia is the main suspect that threatened Turkey to avenge the downing of [its] jet and has been in an open alliance with the PKK and PYD,” STAR wrote.

The daily also stressed that the attack took place ahead of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned visit to Azerbaijan.

HURRIYET published stories on those killed on its front page.

“[You are] their murderers,” was the headline.

One story was of two classmates – Ozancan Akkus and Ali Deniz Uzatmaz – who lost their lives in different bombings in the capital city.

According to HURRIYET, Uzatmaz lost his life in a suicide attack which killed 103 people at a peace rally in Ankara on Oct. 10.

Following that, his friend Akkus tweeted: “His biggest dream was to study in Ankara. How would he know?”

But Akkus, according the daily, lost his life in Sunday’s attack.

President Erdogan said the definition of terror and terrorist should be changed in the Turkish Penal Law, according to TURKIYE.

“There is no difference between a terrorist who has guns and bombs in his hand and someone who put his position and pen under terror’s order,” Erdogan said, according to TURKIYE.

Many Turkish dailies also reported on Russian leader Putin’s surprise decision to pull out from Syria.

“[Russia] withdraws from Syria,” was YENI SAFAK’s headline, with the paper describing Putin’s decision as “surprising”.

The daily added that Russian bases in Syria’s Tartus and Khmeimim regions are to continue operating.

The decision on reducing Russian forces came after a fresh round of talks to resolve the Syria crisis began in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday.

Russia launched its military intervention in Syria in late September last year after a formal request by the Bashar al-Assad regime for military help. Since then, it has been staging airstrikes against positions held by Assad’s opponents.

CUMHURIYET said Russia would partially withdraw from Syria.

HABERTURK reported that Western experts called the reduction “mysterious” while the Syrian opposition is cautious regarding the development.


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