THEY TAKE SHELTER IN VILLAGES IN NORTH OF IRAQ
Osman Sagirli, a reporter of daily Turkiye, entered Hakurk and Kinere camps of the terrorist organization PKK. Villagers in north of Iraq migrate to plateaus particularly during summer, and this is a great opportunity for camouflage of PKK terrorists.
Mustafa Karasu, one of the leading PKK terrorists, said, "Barzani is supporting AK Party's democratic initiative, however he will not assume a harsh attitude against us. Earlier, there was a row among KDP, PUK and PKK. I do not think there would be a new one, but if so, we will settle down in the mountainous areas in north of Iraq.
STATE OPENS DOORS TO 118,000 UNEMPLOYED
Under a law adopted in a meeting that was attended also by Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the National Education Ministry will employ 70,000 new teachers. 25,000 of them will be appointed this year. The Security Department will employ 30,000 new people, the Religious Affairs will employ 5,000 new personnel, and the Health Ministry will get 13,317 new staff.
RELATIONS WITH ISRAEL TO GO DOWN TO LEVEL OF CHARGE D'AFFAIRES
Ankara is making plans to bring down relations with Israel to the level of charge d'affaires after Israel attacked a Turkish ship carrying aid materials to Gaza on May 31 and killed nine Turks. Sources said that diplomatic relations might remain at the level of charge d'affaires for at least 10 years.
TURKISH MINISTRY OF HEALTH TO EMPLOY 13,000 HEALTH PERSONNEL
Turkish Ministry of Health will provide jobs to 13,000 health personnel in 2010. Among the newly hired personnel will be 790 dentists, 306 pharmacists, 5,865 nurses, 2,000 midwives, and 1,950 health experts.
TURKEY SAYS WOULD IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL IN CASE IT MAKES NO APOLOGIES
The Turkish government is reportedly set to impose sanctions on Israel if the Israeli government makes no apologies within the next ten days for storming a Gaza-bound aid flotilla and killing nine Turkish nationals. Turkey also demands from Israel to pay redress to families of victims and return seized vessels as well as the formation of an international panel to investigate into the Israeli raid. The sanctions allegedly include cancelling military and trade contracts, pulling the Turkish ambassador in Israel permanently.
HOT PURSUIT IN NORTHERN IRAQ
Turkish commando units crossed the border southeast into northern Iraq for the first time in two years to chase a group of PKK terrorists. Four terrorists were killed in the operation as Turkish war planes bombed targets inside northern Iraq.
TURKISH AID ORGANIZATION TO SEND SIX MORE SHIPS TO GAZA
IHH, a Turkish charity organization that led a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which came under a deadly attack by Israeli military forces, said it would put together in July another flotilla of six aid ships to Gaza. IHH executives called on the international news media to inspect humanitarian aid the flotilla would carry. Nine activists, including eight Turkish nationals, were killed and more than 30 others were wounded in the Israeli storming of the Mavi Marmara vessel.
EU'S VISA SURPRISE FOR TURKEY
The European Union is working on a plan to re-direct Turkey's course toward the Union, German daily Die Welt has said. Die Welt said the EU would present Turkey with a series of solid proposals by the end the year which included the opening of new policy chapters in negotiations as well as exemption from traveller's visa. Brussels is also expected to condemn a deadly Israeli raid on Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine activists.
HOT PURSUIT AGAINST TERRORISTS
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) began on Wednesday a hot pursuit in north of Iraq with 600 troops after PKK terrorists staged an attack against Turkish soldiers in Uludere town of south-eastern province of Sirnak. Turkish General Staff said that the TSK killed at least four terrorists during the operation.
SURPRISE POSTPONEMENT FROM U.S.
The Washington administration has postponed a meeting, titled "Cooperation against Terror", that was scheduled to take place with Turkey this week. Interestingly, Washington's decision to postpone the meeting came right after Turkey voted 'no' on sanctions against Iran at the UN Security Council.
MOMENT OF DEATH DISTURBS UNITED STATES
The video of the killing of 19-year-old Furkan Dogan by Israeli soldiers was aired in the United States. A U.S. citizen, Furkan, was one of the volunteers aboard the Mavi Marmara ship that was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Israeli soldiers kicked Furkan, and then shot him to death in the head. A U.S. journalist aired the video on the internet and said the soldiers were kicking Furkan violently, and shot him to death by four bullets. The journalist said the video was proving that soldiers got on the ship to kill, and called on the U.S. administration to ask for an explanation.
NO TO AK PARTY, YES TO TUSIAD
Members of the Justice & Development (AK) Party, who are in the United States to express Turkey's views on Gaza and Iran, met U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon for European and Eurasian Affairs the previous day. However, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will receive Umit Boyner, the chairperson of the Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD), on Thursday. Omer Celik, the head of the AK Party delegation, did not join the meeting with Gordon although it was the highest level meeting appointment got from the United States so far.
Celik denied the claims that he was protesting Clinton's giving appointment to TUSIAD although an AK Party delegation was in the city. Celik said, "we did not ask for an appointment from Clinton. If she gave it to TUSIAD, the appointment demand could have come from the association."
HOT PURSUIT IN NORTHERN IRAQ
The Turkish military said on its website on Wednesday its armed forces penetrated 2-3 kilometers into northern Iraq in a cross-border operation to chase PKK terrorists, killing four of them. The Turkish General Staff also said that its war planes bombed targets further inside northern Iraq.
SENIOR SECURITY OFFICIAL SAYS COORDINATION NEEDED TO WIN WAR ON TERROR
Muammer Guler, head of the newly-established Public Order and Security Undersecretariat, said all institutions should work in coordination in the fight against terrorism. "If we want to end this menace once and for all, we needed to coordinate our efforts," Guler, former Istanbul governor told the daily HURRIYET. "Our undersecretariat will gather intelligence coming from all kinds of sources into a single pool. The military, the National Intelligence Organization, police and the coast guard will send all intelligence to this pool," Guler said.
COMMANDOS IN NORTH OF IRAQ
Turkish commandos responded to attacks which the terrorist organization PKK has staged one after the other in recent days, with "hot pursuit" that lasted in north of Iraq. Four terrorists were killed. Three commando squads and a special forces battalion, comprised of 800 soldiers, went after a group of terrorists that fled to the north of Iraq. Backed by air operation, commandos had a hot clash with terrorists three kilometers inside north of Iraq. Four terrorists were killed, many guns and ammunition were seized in the operation.
WE WILL ABIDE BY DECISION EVEN IF WE DO NOT LIKE IT
Huseyin Celik, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party, said, "you have to obey whether you like it or not" regarding the decision the Constitutional Court will make regarding the constitutional amendment law.
When discussions continue after the court's rapporteur, Osman Can, said the parliament should regard the decision non-existent if some articles of the package were annulled, Huseyin Celik gave significant clues about the possible stance of the government. Celik said the court should, first of all, debate the file only in regard to its shape, and hoped that the court would make a decision in line with laws.
Celik said, "you may not like the decision of the high court or other courts, including the Council of State, Supreme Court, and the Constitutional Court. However, their decisions bind every one. Every one has to obey them."
MANDATORY THERAPY FOR NERVOUS POLICE OFFICERS
Turkish Security Department has made psychological therapy mandatory for nervous police officers. Accordingly, those police officers in need of psychological support will either talk with a psychologist or receive psychological treatment in hospital.
IN NORTHERN IRAQ AFTER TWO YEARS
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have begun a land operation in north of Iraq on Wednesday. In a hot pursuit, the TSK killed four PKK terrorists. Turkish jets also conducted an air operation over north of Iraq.