Turkish dailies on Thursday reported on President Obama's statement that the U.S. will not hesitate to strike Islamic State targets in Syria.


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Most Turkish dailies on Thursday covered U.S. President Barack Obama’s Wednesday statement that America will not hesitate to strike the Islamic State in Syria.

"U.S. to bomb Syria, too" reported CUMHURIYET saying that Obama is determined to fight IS in Syria after Iraq.

The paper claimed that Turkey is included in the core coalition formed by the U.S. to combat IS militants.

During a nationally televised address on Wednesday, Obama said that the U.S. will degrade and destroy the insurgent group through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.

"First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of air strikes against these terrorists," he said. "Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense."

MILLIYET said the U.S. has a three-step plan against ISIL. First: air strikes will be maintained.

Second: the U.S. will send additional military personnel to Iraq in order to support Iraqi forces with training and equipment.

Third: the fight against IS will also be waged in Syria, targeting their military quarters, fighters and leaders.

"Turkey is a key partner in fight against ISIL," AKSAM reported John L. Espinoza, the U.S. consul in Turkey's southern province of Adana, as saying.

In an exclusive interview, Espinoza said such a coalition was crucial for combating IS and called for Turkey's support.

Turkey held a national security summit on Wednesday night in the capital Ankara, which was covered by most Turkish dailies.

Headed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and with the participation of senior military and government officials, the summit was about IS, said TURKIYE.

YENI SAFAK claimed that Ankara decided "not to take part in any air or ground attack against ISIL" which has taken 49 of its citizens hostage, holding them now for three months.

From now on, a national security summit will be held every two weeks, HABER TURK reported, saying the summit will discuss recent developments in foreign policy.

In other news, almost all Turkish dailies also covered an omnibus law which will affect millions of Turkish citizens.

"A bag of opportunities for 20 millions" STAR said, reporting that the new bill, which includes a number of articles on various topics, passed through parliament on Wednesday morning.

According to the new legislation, miners will work a maximum of six hours a day and can be retired at the age of 50. This law has been introduced after the Soma mining disaster in May which killed 301 people.

STAR said the bill also includes credit card debt restructuring, the appointment of around 35,000 public school teachers, regulations on paid leave and annual leave, as well as a target for local municipalities to establish student dormitories in appropriate places.

Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2014, 11:09
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