Tension on the Turkish-Iran border remained tense as Turkish helicopters blasted away at abandoned villages and former camps of the rebel Kurdish Workers Party(PKK). President Talibani of Iraq insisted that his nation is “against all violent operations against Turkey.” He also indicated his government would take a much harder line against the PKK and try to get them to leave Iraq.
The good news is that Turkish military forces are attacking abandoned villages and former bases. In this way, no one gets killed and there is no further escalation of tension. Since the eight Turkish soldiers who were captured are now in prison for neglect of duty, this new campaign to bomb empty villages will avoid the problem of casualties or prisoners and thus protect Turkish soldiers from winding up in prison.