Thirty-five people were killed in a Turkish military air raid along the Iraqi border on the night of Dec. 28.
Firstly, the Turkish army announced that it opened an investigation about the attack on the border area, which was close to several bases of the PKK, a terrorist organization according to Ankara, Washington and Brussels.
Then, the AKP government declared that it was “an operational fault” and it was a large group of smugglers who were accidentally hit.
These are the facts. I'm still perplexed, though. Were they really smugglers? Didn't they know that it was only the PKK which kept infiltrating the border with such large groups to attack the Turkish border posts, defying the Turkish-American intelligence-sharing cooperation with the help of drones?
This question makes me think that there may be somebody behind the scenes, who tries to do something cloaked. The victims, these dewy-eyed teenagers, may have been used as a bait to create certain political and social conditions. These possibilities shouldn't be seen as a conspiracy theory, especially after witnessing what is happening today.
It is highly probable that the government informants inside the PKK gave wrong information about the latest "border infiltration," because -especially after the recent relocation of the U.S. drones in Iraq to the Incirlik base in Turkey- the air strikes against the PKK bases started to fatally impair the terrorist organization.
The Turkish authorities may have fallen for the trick. Now, the PKK is stepping up to the next phase to use the blunder to lobby for stopping the air strikes and harness popular support among the Kurdish people. Turkish journalist Serdar Akinan was in the funeral in Uludere today and he posted the following photo, showing that the coffins were draped in the flags of the PKK, which is calling for a Kurdish uprising now:
One may keep asking: If these victims were just smugglers, why are their coffins draped in the PKK flag now? Did they become PKK militants AFTER being killed?
Edit: It is reported that most of the victims are belonged to a Kurdish clan that is one of the backbones of the pro-government militia. Some say that the PKK were pointing this clan as a target, through Roj TV, calling them "traitors."