Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Turkish Helicopter Gunships Attack Abandoned Iraqi Villages

Kill all the empty buildings you want guys. Wow, Turkey's crazy.

Turkish helicopter gunships attacked abandoned villages inside Iraq on Tuesday, Iraqi officials said, the first such airstrike since border tensions have escalated in recent months.

I guess this is the helicopter gunship eqivilant of a warning shot.
"Boy wait for them to get back and see all the holes we made. they're going to be so pissed."

Meanwhile, Kurdish guerrillas killed four Turkish soldiers in a clash in southeastern Turkey Tuesday, said Turkey's defense minister. More than 50 Turkish troops have been killed in a series of hit-and-run attacks by Kurdish rebels since late September. Turkey says it has killed dozens of rebels during that time.

Please explain the logic of attacking empty villages. I'm trying to wrap my head around this one.

The airstrikes, the first major action by Turkey against Kurdish rebels since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met President Bush in Washington earlier this month, occurred before dawn on abandoned villages near Zakhu, an Iraqi Kurdish town near the border with Turkey, said Col. Hussein Tamir, an Iraqi Army officer who supervises border guards. There were no casualties, he said.

No casualties? Maybe because it was ABANDONED! Sounds like the Turkish army missed one of the major points of warfare here. You see, during fighting like this, you want to attack the enemy when they're around. It's much more fun that way, and productive.

Witnesses said the bombings lasted half an hour in the villages of Nazdori, Kashani and Baashish. "I was on the other side of the mountain when I heard huge explosions and could smell TNT powder all over the area," said 53-year-old shepherd Irbahim Mazori, who sometimes spends a night or two in the villages while tending his sheep.

You guys spent half an hour bombing an empty village? Interesting strategy.


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