At least 35 people were killed today and one badly wounded in a Turkish military strike against northern Iraq, near the border with the Sirnak Province of Turkey. All the slain were civilians, reportedly involved in smuggling diesel fuel across the border.
Turkish officials say the attack was launched after drones spotted the group and assumed them to be militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkish officials insist they had “no way of knowing” that the people they were killing weren’t militants.
The killings sparked major protests in Istanbul as well as a number of Kurdish cities in Turkey. Police arrested several of the protesters and used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Turkish MP Nazmi Gur said most of the slain were teenagers who smuggle fuel into Turkey for a living, and that officials should have known smugglers were also operating in the area.
A spokesman for Prime Minister Erdogan said that the authorities were still trying to identify all of the slain, and said that they appear to have been Turkish citizens from the Kurdish border region. They added that the families will be compensated for the killings.
11 thoughts on “Turkish Warplanes Kill 35 Civilians in Northern Iraq”
Kurds no doubt.
There is no northern Iraq only Kurdistan
They also mistakinly killed 1.5 Arminians a wile back…….I guess old habits are hard to brake.
i'll have to assume you are not American, other wise you should shut your mouth!
do i have to post America's total genocide numbers from korea onward?
Why do you have to be American to post messages on this website?
[moderator’s note: You don’t – TLK]
i was saying if you are an American you should not be criticizing a country for attacking iraqis, and using a 100 year old genocide as proof of evil intent
paulAss, a true and tried Israeli troll. Are you aware, Paul, that this is about Egypt killing civilians not the US doing the same? However, if you're gonna derail the threat with your Hasbara techniques, why don't we discuss the 10 civilians Israel slaughtered in Gaza just day before yesterday, eh?
If not 99% sure — Kill now and identify later
“Turkish officials insist they had ‘no way of knowing that the people they were killing weren’t militants.’”
“Prime Minister Erdogan said that the authorities were still trying to identify all of the slain.”
Anyone who kills an unknown and unarmed man, they are a super-menace to society and shall be kept locked behind bars for the rest of their natural life.
How dare Turkey kill innocents! Speaking as a proud American- It is our job to do that! Go back to your baklava and strong coffee! Let us do the killing of innocents. No time for amateurs.
USA made drones…
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