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    GOOD MORNING--TURKEY PRESS SCAN ON OCT 6

    Anatolian Agency
    06.10.2008 - 09:15 | Son Güncelleme:

    These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on October 6, 2008. Hurriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

    HURRIYET
    --BAYRAKTEPE LEGEND
    Five of the six officers commanding the 62 soldiers on duty at Aktutun border military outpost in Semdinli town of the southeastern Hakkari province were wounded during the first fire in Friday's attack. "However, the other soldiers kept on fighting heroically till back-up troops arrived," General Staff Deputy Chief Gen. Hasan Igsiz told a press briefing on Sunday.

    --ONE HEART, ONE FIST
    While the 15 soldiers who died in Friday's attack on Aktutun border military outpost were laid to rest, the terrorist acts by the PKK were condemned across Turkey. Various demonstrations were held in several provinces to honor the martyrs.

    --WE ARE RE-DRAWING THE ROAD MAP, PM ERDOGAN
    Premier Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey would "re-draw its road map for the fight against terrorism". Erdogan also said efforts were underway to strengthen the physical conditions of military outposts at borders.


    MILLIYET
    --WORLD'S STRONGEST REACTION
    The whole world has reacted in the strongest way to the recent attack by PKK terrorists who killed 15 soldiers. Governments from the United States to Britain and Sweden and international organizations like the United Nations condemned terrorism. A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon expressed their profound sympathy with the Turkish people who were subject to terrorist violence. The U.S. Department of State reiterated its support to Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

    --TENS OF THOUSANDS PAY THEIR LAST TRIBUTE TO MARTYRS
    The fifteen soldiers, who were slain in Friday's PKK attack, have been laid to rest in their hometowns. Tens of thousands of people attended the funerals of soldiers in 14 different provinces to pay their last tribute to the martyrs. They carried red-and-white Turkish flags and chanted slogans condemning the PKK and terrorism.

    --18 MIGRANTS KILLED IN A CRASH
    A small truck carrying 43 illegal migrants from Pakistan and Myanmar overturned and plunged into a river in Istanbul. When the driver of the vehicle escaped from the scene of the crash, 18 migrants drowned. Their bodies were found two hours after the crash. The remaining 25 migrants were hospitalized.


    SABAH
    --OUTPOSTS TO BE MOVED AFTER DEATH OF 44 SOLDIERS
    Hakkari's Aktutun border military outpost that had been attacked five times previously and four other border outposts will be moved to other locations. General Staff Deputy Chief Gen. Hasan Igsiz briefed the press on the recent PKK attack targeting Aktutun outpost. "Aktutun is in a condemned location. It was decided last fall that the troop center should be moved to a new location 300 meters away. The works will start in the upcoming months and the outpost will be inaugurated next summer," Igsiz said. Igsiz said that Samanli, Yesilova, Umurlu and Alan military border outposts would also be moved.

    --TURKISH PREMIER WARNS THE WEST
    Delivering a speech at the funeral of a soldier that died in Friday's terrorist attack on Hakkari's Aktutun border military outpost, Premier Erdogan said that the statements by the EU and United States on terrorism did not solve the problem. "We are expecting a positive response for our call to take precautions. The issue does not solely have a security aspect. We will take a step after reviewing all the aspects," Erdogan said.


    VATAN
    --TURKEY CRIES
    Fifteen soldiers, who were martyred by PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari, have been laid to rest in their hometowns in tearful funerals. It was one of the most sorrowful days in the history of Turkey. Tens of thousands of people were in attendance at the funerals. They chanted slogans and damned the PKK and terrorism.

    --HEARTBREAKING STATEMENT
    Gen. Hasan Igsiz, deputy chief of Turkish General Staff, said that reconstruction of five critical gendarmerie outposts including the one in which 15 soldiers were killed in the PKK attack last week, was delayed because of financial problems as well as due to the geographical conditions. "Those outposts were built years ago to fight against smuggling. Therefore, they were positioned in passages. They will be reconstructed under the current requirements. Their reconstruction takes time because of both financial means and geographical conditions," he told a news conference.


    CUMHURIYET
    --HARSH CROSS-BORDER REPLY
    Turkish warplanes staged an immediate air strike on the PKK terrorists in the north of Iraq. Following Friday's attack on Aktutun border military outpost in Semdinli town of Hakkari province, a wide-scale operation was launched in the border region. The Turkish General Staff announced that an air operation was staged in Avasin region in the north of Iraq, which was the route used by PKK terrorists while they were trying to escape.

    --FIVE OUTPOSTS TO BE MOVED
    General Staff Deputy Chief Gen. Hasan Igsiz said that terrorist organization PKK could not achieve its goal with its recent attack targeting Aktutun border military outpost. Pointing to the support the PKK receives from the north of Iraq, Igsiz said, "We have no problems with U.S. regarding intelligence sharing." Igsiz also said that a total of five border military outposts including Aktutun would be moved to new locations.


    RADIKAL
    --THAT'S ENOUGH
    Hundreds of thousands of people attended the funerals for fifteen soldiers who were killed by PKK terrorists in the southeastern province of Hakkari. A father mourning his slain son asked a minister during the funeral, "How many more times would this outpost become a scene of PKK attacks? Why do you fail to take measures?" People in funerals called on the government and the bureaucracy to develop solutions to put an end to the bloodshed.

    --A JOURNEY TO DEATH
    A small truck carrying 43 illegal migrants from Pakistan and Myanmar overturned and plunged into a river in Istanbul, killing 18 migrants. It was revealed that the truck was specially designed for human smuggling. A total of 25 migrants were injured, 3 are in a critical condition.


    YENI SAFAK
    --TURKISH JETS BOMB THE REGION
    After Friday's attack on Aktutun border military outpost in Semdinli town of Hakkari province, Turkish jets bombed terrorist PKK targets in the Avasin-Basyan region. Turkish soldiers, who landed at the north of Iraq with Sikorsky helicopters, are currently in pursuit of the terrorists, searching every cave.

    --ILLEGAL MIGRANT DISASTER
    A total of 18 illegal migrants died when the truck carrying them tumbled into a river in Malkara town of the northwestern province of Tekirdag. A total of 25 illegal migrants were wounded in the accident. The migrants were of Afghan and Myanmar origin and the truck driver escaped after the accident, police said.

     

        

     

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