TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MARCH 3

From a major planned anti-Daesh operation to the Istanbul funeral of renowned Turkish author Yasar Kemal, Turkish dailies covered a wide array of issues on Tuesday.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW MARCH 3
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Turkish dailies mostly dedicated their front pages to the funeral of renowned Turkish author Yasar Kemal, which attracted thousands of people, including many prominent Turkish figures.

Daily VATAN ran the headline: "Turkey was there."

Kemal’s funeral was attended by politicians, sportsmen, artists, businessmen and workers who paid their final respects to the literary giant.

Former president Abdullah Gul, parliamentary speaker Cemil Cicek, opposition leaders Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Selahattin Demirtas were just some of the names attending the funeral.

Some mourners chanted: "Yasar Kemal was our honor," as his body was taken to Istanbul’s Zincirlikuyu Cemetery according to the daily. He was buried next to his wife of some five decades, Tilda. "Next to his 50-year love," HABERTURK reported.

In other news, dailies covered possible Turkish military involvement in the operation against Daesh. Iraqi and Kurdish troops are preparing for a military campaign to regain a major Iraq city that was captured last June.

"Green light for Mosul," said MILLIYET, referring to the government's possible permission to use Turkey's Incirlik airbase for operations over the city. "If others do their part, so will Turkey," said Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz, according to the daily.

HABERTURK quoted Yilmaz as saying that Turkey would assess the issue as it is part of the coalition against the insurgent group. Daesh shocked the world with its rapid expansion in both Syria and Iraq.

"Three-item support for ISIL operation," said SABAH, as Turkey will back anti-Daesh forces with training and equipment, logistics and intelligence sharing.

The U.S.-led coalition also backs the current operation over Tikrit, another city controlled by Daesh, with some 30,000 troops, according to SABAH.

MILLIYET and HURRIYET reported claims that Iranian general, Qassem Soleymani, is in charge of the operation that gathered both Shiite and Sunni troops.

Energy-hungry Turkey will search for oil in northern Iraq, said minister Taner Yildiz, at a region known to be the headquarters for outlawed Kurdish PKK organization, Mount Qandil.

Yildiz's statement came after a disarmament call by jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan on Saturday, which marked a major point in ongoing peace talks which have lasted more than two years.

As the majority of the papers allocated spaces in their front pages to the issue, YENI SAFAK said: "Drilling for oil in Qandil."

Turkey will search oil at the outskirts of the mountain, according to the daily, as it has reserved blocks for oil and it will use it following a reduction in the armed conflict.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for a rapid PKK disarmament. "The arms should be laid down immediately," headlined SABAH.

MILLIYET reported that 10 articles which were agreed upon for a democratic solution to the conflict were not preliminary conditions for disarmament: "There should be no excuses for not laying down arms," Davutoglu was quoted as saying.

In other news, a court in Istanbul ordered the arrest of a Turkish journalist, Mehmet Baransu, on Monday on charges of plotting against suspects of the "Sledgehammer" military coup case plus forming an organization for crime as well as acquiring, disclosing and destroying confidential state documents.

HURRIYET ran the headline: "Arrested over the suitcase," a reference to a luggage case packed with documents which were thought to be transported by Baransu. The documents were held as evidence in the case.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Mart 2015, 13:59
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