“Barzani vows to fight common threat,” the Hürriyet daily said regarding a meeting in Arbil on Wednesday between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and KRG President Massoud Barzani. The daily added that Davutoğlu had conveyed Turkey's uneasiness with the actions of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a PKK-affiliate group, in Syria. The daily cited Barzani as assuring Turkish authorities that his administration would consider “any organization or group a common threat and fight against them jointly.” The Türkiye daily ran a headline that read “Barzani got the message,” adding that Davutoğlu reportedly told Barzani that developments in northern Syria are a threat to stability in the region during a three-hour meeting in Arbil.
“We lost living reminder of Atatürk's memory,” read a Milliyet daily headline for a story on the death of Ülkü Adatepe, the adopted daughter of the founder of modern Turkey. The daily reported that Adatepe had died in a car accident near İstanbul on Wednesday at the age of 79.
Milliyet also reported that two Turkish soldiers were killed near the southeastern town of Lice in Diyarbakır province when PKK operatives detonated a remote-control landmine and opened fire on a military convoy.
“The first ever in years,” said a Vatan headline concerning a military exercise conducted by two dozen Turkish tanks along the Syrian border. The daily added that the military maneuver, the first ever military exercise in many years along Turkey's borders, came days after the PYD reportedly claimed control in Qamishli, a Syrian city just across the border near Nusaybin.
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