Radikal: “The queen shakes hands with her cousin’s murderer,” headlined a front-page story, showing a picture in which Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s head of state, smiles and shakes hands with Martin McGuinness, a former commander of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), who is smiling as well. The story termed the moment in which the queen, whose cousin Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA attack in 1979, shook hands with a former IRA commander as “historic.”
Hürriyet: “I will explain all,” read the paper’s top article, reporting on former Prime Minister Tansu Çiller’s recent statements. One of the important witnesses of the Feb. 28, 1997 coup, Çiller is expected to give testimony to the Turkish Parliament’s Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission. Çiller reportedly told the commission’s head, Nimet Baş, that she has a rich archive of documents regarding past coups and that she is going to share it with the commission as well as reveal everything she knows about the coup periods. Çiller noted that she has never spoken about the coup periods and will break her silence for the first time when testifying to the commission.
Taraf: “Shoot it down if you can,” headlined a front-page report about Turkey’s first domestically produced training jet that was introduced to the public on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attending the opening ceremony in Ankara marking the aircraft’s first release from the hangar. The report said the photo of Erdoğan, who donned a flight jacket and gave a thumbs-up from the cockpit of the aircraft, seems like a message to Syria, which recently downed a Turkish military jet over the Mediterranean Sea.