Turkish war planes for the third time bombed bases of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party(PKK) with indications such assaults would not cease in the forseeable future. A statement said:”The PKK will see and understand that there is no secure place left in Iraq’s north,and it will understand that it stands no chance against the Turkish republic.” Kurdish sources claim the civilian population go out of villages prior to the Turkish attack and none were killed. Massoud Barzani, who heads the Kurdish community, claimed the air attacks were really designed to crush his government.
The US State Department supported air attacks on Kurdistan on grounds of the “right of pursuit,” a doctrine the Bush administration uses to justify attacking other areas of the world. These air attacks serve as emotional aid to the Turkish government, but are of limited military value. It is difficult to cite a single example in 20th century history in which air assaults on rebel mountainous bases have achieved victory. Efforts of the Turkish government on economic assistance and aiding development of educational facilities in Kurdish areas of its nation are productive ways to defeat the PKK. The best way to defeat insurgents is gaining the confidence and support of the local population. Bombing their villages is the best guarantee they will support the rebels.