79 PKK TERRORISTS KILLED, 7 TURKISH SOLDIERS MARTYRED
On the second day of Turkish military's ground operation in the north of Iraq, 35 PKK terrorists including two head operatives, were killed, bringing the the total number to 79. Terrorists are reported to have been running toward the Iranian border as Turkish forces besiege the terrorist camps in Zap, Hakurk, Avashin and Amediyeh. Seven Turkish soldiers were martyred during operations in the last two days.
PRESIDENT WARNS OVER HEADSCARF AMENDMENTS, GOVT. MOVES TO EASE CONCERNS
After Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned the government that it should ease the concerns of certain circles within the society over the headscarf amendments, Justice and Development (AK) Party moved to carry out necessary arrangements in the Higher Education Board (YOK) law. AK Party's Bekir Bozdag said they would consult with the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to introduce an amendment to the 17th Article of the YOK law. Bozdag also said they were open to proposals from other opposition parties and civil society organizations.
TURKISH FORCES AIMING TO ENTER 50 KM INSIDE NORTHERN IRAQ
Turkish military forces aim to go at least 50 kilometers deep in Iraq's north in a bid to clean up PKK terrorists in the area to prevent them from staging deadly attacks inside Turkey during the spring and summer, sources said. Operation was originally planned for a duration of one week to ten days, but sources said it could take longer if it was deemed necessary. Meanwhile, Turkish General Staff said Saturday that 35 more PKK terrorists were killed on the second day of the operation, rising the number killed terrorists to 79.
RECTORS SAY WON'T ALLOW HEADSCARF AT UNIVERSITIES UNTIL HIGHER EDUCATION LAW AMENDED
After Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved two constitutional amendments which allow female students to wear headscarves at universities, rectors of universities said they would not allow students wearing headscarves to enter campuses until the government introduced an amendment to the 17th article of the Higher Education Board law.
VETO BARGAINING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
The statement released by President Abdullah Gul explaining the reasons of the approval of the constitutional amendments aiming to lift headscarf ban in universities also explained why the approval was delayed.
Gul expected an agreement among the parties without a need for the change. Efforts of Rifat Hisarciklioglu, the Chairman of the Turkish Union of Chambers & Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) was intended most probably.
According to this, Gul would bring the leaders of the parties together in Cankaya Palace. If the leaders had reached an agreement, they would announce to the public that they would work for a common solution within this legislative year without the need for a constitutional change. Gul was to veto the change, if an agreement could be reached.
CHP TO APPLY CONSTITUTIONAL COURT THIS WEEK
Hakki Suha Okay from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said 110 signatures, needed to bring the Constitutional change (aiming to lift headscarf ban in universities) before Constitutional Court was completed.
Okay said CHP would apply to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday the latest.
CIRCLE GETS TIGHT
Turkish soldiers shells terrorists who are trying to escape south of Iraq and Iran. Jets, Sikorsky and Cobra helicopters are backing the troops launching land operation.
General Staff said 44 PKK terrorists were neutralized in the first day of the operation, noting that 35 others were killed on Saturday.
FULL SUPPORT FROM USA
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the U.S. continued to express absolute solidarity with Turkey over the fight against the terrorist organization PKK.
On the other hand, Matt Bryza, a high level diplomat at the United States Department of State, said his country strongly supported endeavors of Turkey to eliminate PKK terrorism.
TIME FOR INVESTMENT, NOT REPORT FOR SOUTHEAST
Turkish businessmen, who rushed for help of the Southeast in terrorist attacks and flood disaster, now started to launch initiatives for investment.
A team from the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen & Industrialists (TUSKON) observed factories in southeastern province of Diyarbakir.
Rizanur Meral, the head of the 50-people TUSKON team, said many reports have been issued so far to resolve the problems of the region, "however, it is not the time to release reports anymore. It is the time for action," he added.
BABACAN: "TURKEY AIMS AT PKK"
Foreign Minister Ali Babacan qualified land operation of the Turkish Armed Forces in north of Iraq as "successful".
Babacan emphasized that the target was the terrorist PKK organization, and reaffirmed that Turkey attached importance to the territorial integrity and political unity of Iraq.
GERMANY TO SHUT DOWN TWO RACIST ASSOCIATIONS
Germany decided to move to take a concrete step after a series of arsons against houses of the Turks in the country. Sources said Germany's Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution is set to close down two big racist associations, namely Collegium Humanum and the Association for the Rehabilitation of Those Persecuted for the Denial of the Holocaust (VRBHV).
PROSECUTOR SEEKS 6-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR MEN WHO CHOPPED TREE DOWN
An Istanbul prosecutor demanded 6 years of imprisonment sentence for four men who allegedly cut down a tree out side their shop. The men chopped the locust tree saying that it was blocking entrance to their shop. The prosecutor filed the case according to a new provision of the Turkish Penal Code which criminalizes "cutting planted trees."
DEFEAT IN PKK
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) entered 20 km in north of Iraq. The operation "Gunes" (sun) continues. PKK hideouts in Zap, Hakurk, Haftanin, Avasin and Amediye were raided. Cemco hill was razed. Terrorists, who got panicked with the air and land operations, are escaping towards Qandil and Iran. Turkish soldiers implement pincers method to prevent the escape of the terrorists.
THOSE WEARING HEADSCARF WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER BEFORE THE LAW CHANGES
Rectors said approval of the constitutional amendments that allows female students wear headscarves at universities will not open the ways for the female students to enter universities wearing headscarf. Rectors said, "we will not let any female student wearing headscarf to enter the schools till additional Article 17th of the Higher Education Board (YOK) is changed."
TURKISH FORCES AIM FOR MOUNT QANDIL
Turkish military's ground operation in Iraq's north focused on Basyan region where PKK's terrorists camps are located. Turkish commandoes are trying cut the PKK's links between Hakurk and Mount Qandil. Commandoes are headed for Zap to capture PKK's main bases there, where helicopter gunships destroyed two anti-aircraft guns. Turkish General Staff said Saturday that Turkish forces have killed a total 79 PKK terrorists since the beginning of the operation on Thursday.
WORLD BANK APPOINTS TURK AS DEPUTY CHAIRMAN FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DEPT.
Hasan Tuluy, director of operational services at the World Bank, was appointed as deputy chairman of the human resources department. Tuluy will be one of the 20 deputy chairpeople at the World Bank. UNDP head Kemal Dervis was also a deputy chairman at the bank.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Şubat 2008, 09:44
FIRST HAKURK THAN ZAP
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) destroyed Hakurk, the vital point of the terrorist organization and Zap, one of the main bases, is under control.
It was also reported that heavy anti-aircraft weapons of the terrorist PKK organization were destroyed. Number of PKK terrorists that were killed rose 79 and 2 soldiers martyred.
PASSENGER TRAIN COLLIDES WITH CARGO TRAIN: 45 PEOPLE INJURED
A passenger train collided with a cargo train, which violated red light, in central Anatolian province of Sivas. Turkish Government Railways Directorate (TCDD) decided to establish an investigation board as number of accidents rose.