--THREE TRAITORS CAUGHT
Three of the terrorists, who staged the attack on a police bus in southeastern province of Diyarbakir, killing four police officers and a civil staff member, were arrested. Efforts are underway to catch terrorist Mehmet Sah Yildeniz who planned the heinous attack. It was reported that he had entered Turkey from north of Iraq 10 days ago.
--NEW ROAD MAP AGAINST TERRORISM
The Higher Board of Counter-Terrorism which convened on Thursday under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, assessed the road map to be pursued in fight against terrorism. Border security, intelligence sharing, socio-economic measures, and betterment of physical conditions of military outposts were discussed.
--SECRET CORRUPTION REPORT
The Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has prepared two different reports about a number of countries including Turkey. Those reports contain corruption assessments and proposals to resolve them. The reports about Turkey were written on May 23 and 27, 2005. And the assessment report was submitted on March 10, 2006. But the latter was kept secret since the GRECO could not get permission from the Turkish government to publish it.
--BUSINESS WORLD CONCERNED
Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD) Executive Board President Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag has expressed their concerns over the recent global crisis. Yalcindag said that Turkey could not be abstracted from the global crisis and called on the government to take the crisis seriously. Meanwhile, Mustafa Koc, a leading businessman and president of the Koc Holding, said that a stand-by agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) would help Turkey overcome the crisis.
--THREE CAPTURED AFTER ATTACK IN DIYARBAKIR
Three of the four terrorists who were responsible for the attack on a police bus in the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir in which five people including four police officers were killed and 18 people were injured, have been captured. A full-scale operation is under way to capture the fourth terrorist who was identified as Mehmet Sah Yildeniz.
--IT IS YOUR RIGHT TO TAKE ANY MEASURES
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stayed in Ankara for 19 hours. In an interview with daily Sabah, Blair said, "you lose your people in terrorist attacks. I understand and support you in protecting your people and in taking strict measures." Blair said Turkey was right to ask whether Iraq and the United States fail to control north of Iraq. He said everybody, including Iraqi government, Kurdish administration, United States, coalition forces, and international community had to fulfill their assignments.
--THEY WERE CAUGHT AFTER 24 HOURS
Three of the four perpetrators of the terrorist attack in southeastern province of Diyarbakir were caught. Mehmet Sah Yildeniz, who planned the attack, had come to Diyarbakir last week and examined the route of the shuttle bus for three days. Police are after Yildeniz.
--THREE PKK TERRORISTS CAUGHT IN 24 HOURS
Police arrested three of the four PKK terrorists, the perpetrators of the terrorist attack in Diyarbakir. Police assessed the identities of the terrorists according to the eye-witnesses and finger prints on the guns left at the scene. Police are now after the fourth terrorist.
--BUFFER ZONE CAN NOT BE FORMED IN NORTH OF IRAQ
Establishing a "buffer zone" in north of Iraq, a proposal brought by Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) at the Higher Board of Counter-Terrorism meeting, was not found "applicable". Military executives said it was difficult to implement the buffer zone because in that case, thousands of soldiers would have to be on guard 35 km away the border, at a period of time that may last for years.
The Higher Board of Counter-Terrorism convened to discuss both the measures to be taken in the fight against terrorism and the military's demands. During the six-hour meeting, military members of the board brought onto agenda some legal arrangements. A brief statement was released at the end of the meeting reading that talks would continue next week.
--THREE TERRORISTS ARRESTED
A funeral has taken place for those who lost their lives when terrorists attacked on a police bus in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. A number of people were in attendance at the funeral to pay their last tribute to the martyrs. They chanted slogans condemning terrorism and the PKK. Meanwhile, three out of four terrorists who were responsible for the attack, were captured.
--KOC: AGREEMENT WITH IMF CAN RELIEVE MARKETS
Koc Holding Executive Board President Mustafa Koc indicated that a stand-by agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could relieve markets. He said that Turkish banking sector was in good condition despite the global economic crisis, and added that the global crisis could have a serious impact on Turkish real sector.
--CIVILIAN PROPOSAL FROM MILITARY
The Higher Board of Counter-Terrorism convened to discuss recent developments. During the meeting, the military submitted its proposals about economic, social and cultural aspects of terrorism. The meeting will resume on October 14.
--TERRORISM TARGETS LOCAL ELECTIONS
Recent attacks on the Aktutun gendarmerie outpost and the police bus in Diyarbakir have revealed that the new target of the PKK terrorist organization was upcoming local elections. Experts indicated that terrorists aimed at showing the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) weak in the region prior to the elections.
Three out of four terrorists who were responsible for the attack on a police bus in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir in which five people including four police officers were killed and 18 people were injured, have been captured. A full-scale operation is under way to capture the fourth terrorist who was identified as Mehmet Sah Yildeniz. Fienger prints of Yildeniz were found on two rifles and grenades left at the scene.