Turkey: A Lethal Drone Attack Hits Turkish-American Military Cooperation
Yigal Schleifer May 18, 2012
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about a Turkish military attack last December that left 34 Kurdish smugglers dead has led to intense debate inside Turkey and has given rise to new questions about the level of American involvement in Ankara's fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The attack, which took place near a village called Uludere on the Turkey-Iraq border, came after the Turkish military came to believe that a convoy of PKK fighters was trying to enter Turkey through a mountain trail. After Turkish warplanes struck the convoy, based on intelligence provided by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it turned out that it was actually made up of villagers -- mostly teenagers -- smuggling fuel into Turkey. Although the Turkish government promised to investigate the incident and has also paid the victims' families compensation, there has still been no explanation as to what caused the intelligence failure that led to 34 innocent people being killed.
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