The mistaken, late December Turkish airstrike that left 35 Kurdish civilians dead highlights an apparent shift in US policy toward Ankara. The change could end up undermining efforts to promote democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.
Officials in Ankara now suggest the late December tragedy was the result of faulty or misinterpreted intelligence provided by a US drone, which is believed to have misidentified smugglers crossing into Turkey from neighboring Iraq as militants belonging to a Kurdish rebel group, the PKK.
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Dorian Jones is a freelance reporter based in Istanbul.