Press Roundup

Press Roundup


August 06, 2012, Monday/ 17:05:00

A free iftar, or fast-breaking dinner, was offered to locals in Turkey’s largest mevlevihane (dervish lodge) in Çanakkale. Following the iftar, a sema (whirling dervish) performance took place.

Bugün: “There are some areas that cannot be entered,” quoted the lead story’s headline from Justice and Development Party (AK Party) deputy İdris Bal, who criticized the state’s terrorism policies. “It is unacceptable that while we are frustrated by Syria and [the] Kandil [mountains where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) headquarters are], there are still parts of our land that we have not been able to enter for six years,” he said referring to the military’s failure in not being able to enter some parts in the Southeast as the PKK covertly controls those areas.

Habertürk: “I am in the middle of a battle, my Elif; give me your blessings,” said the headline of paper’s main article, quoting Spc. Sgt. Kamil Çelikkaya, who spoke to his wife, Elif on the phone and told her they were in the middle of intense clashes with terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari and asked her to give him her blessings and to look after their children if he was gone. These were his last words, the article reported, as Çelikkaya was one of the six soldiers who were killed by terrorists on Saturday night. Six soldiers and two village guards were slain, and many others were wounded when members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked military outposts in Hakkari.

Star: “A country that has Turkey needs no other country,” said the headline of a front page story, quoting Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, a member of İstanbul Bilgi University’s board of trustees. Saying that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad misses the old Turkey and thinks that if it provokes Turkey’s Kurdish issue, it can save the regime, Arıboğan said Assad is wrong. “He is supporting Kurds out of retaliation against Turkey, but a country that has Turkey [at its back] does not need any other country,” she noted.