World Bulletin / News Desk
Russia's first airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday were covered by many Turkish newspapers on Thursday.
"And Putin strikes," was HURRIYET's headline, reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an order which would change the balance in the Middle East.
According to the paper, although Russia announced that it struck eight ISIL targets, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter claimed that the airstrikes targeted positions where there were no ISIL forces.
“It does appear that they were in areas where there probably were no ISIL forces, and that is precisely one of the problems with this whole approach,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon after the Russian strikes.
STAR ran with the headline: "Assad demands, Russia hits." The daily claimed that the Russian support against ISIL comes at the request of the Syrian state.
The Russian jets hit civilians instead of ISIL militants, the paper claimed.
Head of the Turkey-based Syrian opposition, Khaled Khoja, said 36 Syrian civilians had been killed by the Russian airstrikes which were carried out in Homs, a city apparently free of any ISIL or al-Qaida presence.
Domestic dailies also covered news of 16 freed Turkish workers who had been held captive by an armed Shia group earlier this month in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
"Workers released 28 days later," MILLIYET said. According to paper, the men were taken to Turkey with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's private plane.
In total, 18 Turkish workers were kidnapped earlier this month in a Baghdad suburb by an armed Shia group. Two of them, Necdet Yilmaz and Ercan Ozpilavci, were released on September 17.
All the abducted Turkish workers were employees of Nurol Holding, a Turkish construction firm that is currently carrying out developmental projects in the Iraqi capital.
In economic news, DUNYA’s headline read: "A national rival against card payment systems."
The daily said Turkey's new electronic card payment clearing system, TROY, will be launched in April 2016 against the world giants Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2015, 11:37