Most dailies on Friday dedicated their front page to the meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi and a police investigation into Wednesday’s mafia-style killings in Istanbul.
“Joint stance against terrorism,” HABERTURK said, referring to the decision made by Davutoglu and Abadi. The daily described the meeting as a new step for rapprochement with Baghdad, stating that Abadi’s visit came after Davutoglu’s November trip to Iraq.
The paper also reported that a cooperation decision was made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organizations. Partnership between the two countries over energy will be also be boosted, it added.
STAR focused on energy cooperation between the two countries. “Let our oil be exported through Turkey,” the title of the paper read, referring to Abadi’s remarks.
The Iraqi PM said his country wants its oil to reach the global markets via Turkey. Davutoglu said Turkey is ready for all kinds of cooperation in this matter.
On its front page, VATAN said Abadi asked for Turkey's support in military, training and arming (against ISIL) by giving a wish list to Davutoglu. He received a promise of full support from Davutoglu, the paper said.
The investigation and funerals after Wednesday’s mafia-style killings in Istanbul was another story that newspapers focused on.
“Vendetta” was the headline of VATAN. Running a photo showing the attack in Nisantasi, the daily said the bloody attacks were a result of 10 years of fighting between Sedat Sahin and another ringleader, Huseyin Saral, who was killed in Rome in 2005.
Vedat Sahin, brother of a jailed organized crime leader, was shot dead with an AK-47 in Nisantasi, one of the city's high-class neighborhoods on Wednesday night. His aide, Ferdi Topal, was also killed in the attack.
On its front page, HURRIYET used the headline: “Bullet marks in Nisantasi.” The daily said locals in Nisantasi are still shocked after the murder. According to the paper, witnesses said they saw two bodies after hearing a loud noise in the street.
In another mafia-style shooting, a businessman who had previously been sentenced in the Netherlands for drug trafficking, was shot dead in broad daylight. Ali Ekber Akgun was killed after stopping at a traffic light in his Bentley near the Bosporus Strait.
MILLIYET stated that police are alarmed after the back-to-back killings in Istanbul. The daily also noted that the bodies of Sahin and his aide Topal were taken to the northern province of Samsun in two private planes.