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Wed May 16, 2012, 02:15 AM

Turkey's Attack on Civilians Tied to U.S. Military Drone

Source: Wall Street Journal

Updated May 15, 2012, 10:48 p.m. ET
Turkey's Attack on Civilians Tied to U.S. Military Drone

ULUDERE, Turkey—After winding along a narrow mountain ridge, a caravan of 38 men and mules paused on the Turkish-Iraqi border. Then they heard the propellers overhead. Minutes later, Turkish military aircraft dropped bombs that killed all but four of the men.

The strike in late December was meant to knock out Kurdish separatist fighters. Instead it killed civilians smuggling gasoline, a tragic blunder in Turkey's nearly three-decade campaign against the guerrillas. The killings ignited protests across the country and prompted wide-ranging official inquiries.

The civilian toll also set off alarms at the Pentagon: It was a U.S. Predator drone that spotted the men and pack animals, officials said, and American officers alerted Turkey.

The U.S. drone flew away after reporting the caravan's movements, leaving the Turkish military to decide whether to attack, according to an internal assessment by the U.S. Defense Department, described to The Wall Street Journal. "The Turks made the call," a senior U.S. defense official said. "It wasn't an American decision."


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marasinghe May 2012 #1

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Wed May 16, 2012, 09:53 PM

1. update on the Trojan meme: "'don't trust the Americans when they come bearing 'intelligence'".

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