ONE THOUSAND TERRORISTS AT GUN SIGHT
Turkish Armed Forces which launched a cross-border ground operation against PKK terrorists in northern Iraq, is searching the Hakurk triangle which is believed to be sheltering at least one thousand PKK terrorists. Turkish F-16s are supporting ground forces which entered 20 kilometers inside Iraq's north.
SUPPORT FOR OPERATION FROM U.S., EU
International community received the news of Turkish military's ground operation with understanding as the U.S. which said it was informed in advance about the operation, stressed that it backed Turkey's right to protect itself from terrorist attacks. European Union said it acknowledged Turkey's concerns about terrorism said, "the Union urges Turkey not to resort disproportionate use of force and respect human rights.
YENI SAFAK (CONSERVATIVE)
HEADSCARF FREEDOM IN THE CONSTITUTION
Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved on Friday two constitutional amendments that allow female students wear headscarves at universities. Gul stressed that the amendments aimed at strengthening principle of equality and the right to education. Gul also urged government to take steps to ease concerns of certain circles within the society.
AND TEKEL GOES TO BAT
British American Tobacco bought Tekel Cigarettes company for 1.72 billion USD in a tender on Friday. Four companies and joint ventures participated in the tender. With the tender, Tekel's factories in Istanbul, Adana, Ballica, Bitlis, Malatya and Tokat were sold to the private sector. Tekel Cigarette has a market share of around 38-39 percent and made a profit of almost 2 billion USD in 2006.
10,000 TROOPS CROSS 25 KM INSIDE IRAQI BORDER
Turkish soldiers entered north of Iraq after 9 years. Gen. Bekir Kalyoncu is commanding the operation. Turkish Armed Forces started the operation against terrorist PKK organization without waiting for spring. The operation is backed by F-16s and Cobra and Sikorsky helicopters.
44 TERRORISTS KILLED, 5 SOLDIERS DIED
In a statement released on Friday evening, General Staff said, "24 terrorists have been rendered ineffective and many others were injured in the clash which erupted with the terrorists. Separately, at least 20 terrorists were neutralized under heavy artillery fire and armed helicopters. On the other hand, 5 personnel died during the clashes.
REVENGE OF MARTYRS
Turkish Armed Forces, which has been launching air operation against the PKK hideouts in north of Iraq for 2 months, launched a ground operation at an unexpected time and 44 PKK terrorists were neutralized in the first 24 hours.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved constitutional amendments aiming to lift headscarf ban in universities. Gul approved the amendments at a time when all the public focused on the land operation. He also asked for an arrangement that will ease the concerns.
ERDOGAN CALLS BUSH ON THE PHONE
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he talked to U.S. President George Bush before the operation. "I gave necessary information to him regarding the developments in north of Iraq," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said he also talked to al-Maliki on the phone and that Turkish President Abdullah Gul talked to Talabani.
SUN RISES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WINTER
Turkish troops launched land operation in north of Iraq. "Gunes" (Sun) is the name of the operation. Gunes is also the name of the 3-year old daughter of martyred corporal Kasım Aksoy. Top terrorists are trying to escape in panic.
APPROVAL ON THE DAY OF OPERATION
President Abdullah Gul approved the constitutional amendments aiming to lift headscarf ban in universities, on the day when Turkish Armed Forces launched a land operation against north of Iraq.
The constitutional amendment was waiting for approval for 11 days.
FULL SUPPORT FROM THE WORLD
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "this is the first time Turkey found such a strong support from the world. Our neighbors, the Middle East countries, the United States and the European Union (EU) supported us.
WINTER TIME RAID ON TERROR HIDEOUT
Turkish forces entered Iraq's north on Friday to hunt down PKK terrorists in their hideouts. Forty-four terrorists have been killed and 5 Turkish soldiers have been martyred. Turkish General Staff said Turkish troops will exit from Iraq's north as soon as targets are "wiped out." Ten thousand troops crossed the border in to northern Iraq to pin down PKK terrorists, who were getting prepared for spring in their bases in Zap, Haftanin and Hakurk. Intelligence said that upper cadres of the terrorist organization were trying to escape to the south of Iraq.
ERDOGAN: WE ARE DOING A CLEANING UP OPERATION
U.S. President George W. Bush phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and requested an update about Turkish ground operation into Iraq's north. Erdogan told Bush that Turkish troops are not in the region to stay. "We are just conducting a cleaning up operation in bid to complement our air operations," Erdogan told the U.S. president.
TURKISH PRESIDENT APPROVES HEADSCARF AMENDMENT
Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved Friday constitutional amendments that allows female students wear headscarves at universities. Gul stressed that steps should be taken to ease concerns of certain circles within the society. Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said it would appeal to the Constitutional Court to seek annulment of the amendments.
TURKISH GROUND OPERATION BESIEGES PKK TERRORISTS IN IRAQ'S NORTH,
Turkish General Staff said Friday that Turkish troops launched a cross-border ground operation supported by air forces in Iraq's north. The military said the ground operation was a follow up for air operations that Turkey has been conducting against hideouts and shelters of the terrorist organization PKK. Three to ten thousand Turkish troops were participating in the operation and the General Staff underlined that Turkish forces would exit from the region in the shortest time possible after PKK targets are destroyed.
FULL SUPPORT FOR MILITARY OPERATION
Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and leaders of political parties except for the Democratic Society Party (DTP) extended Friday full support for Turkish military's cross-border operation into Iraq's north. Gul said the limited operation would not harm Iraqi people. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed main target was the terrorist PKK. Leader of the main opposition Republican Poeple's Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, said the ground operation signalled a new level in the fight against the terrorist organization. Devlet Bahceli, chairman of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), said although it was "a belated" one, the operation was very important.
LAND OPERATION STARTS WITH THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) launched land operation against PKK bases on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. General Staff released a statement and said, "sensitivity not to harm civilians will continue against local elements who do not act in hostile manner."
General Staff was in continuous contact with the United States and its Iraqi interlocutors.
BAT GETS TOBACCO TENDER
British American Tobacco (BAT) got the tender of Tekel Cigarettes company for 1.72 billion USD. BAT was competing with Strand Investment in the final.
The first tender took place in 2003, but later cancelled
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) pushed the button to put the final blow on the terrorists. Jets on Thursday razed 4 bridges which the terrorists used to escape. Artillery toops hit the PKK camps till the morning. Ground operation started the same evening at 7:00 p.m.
REACTIONS FROM THE WORLD
Washington said there was no problem in intelligence sharing. U.S. Commander in Iraq said, "target of the Turkish Army is the PKK. We have been given assurances that civilians would not be harmed."
On the other hand, European Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn said, "PKK is in the list of terrorist organizations. Every country has the right to defend itself. We understand Turkey's concerns."