Pentagon denies commenting on WSJ drone-report

Citing a US defense official, the WSJ report alleged that the initial surveillance footage that led to the attack came from a US drone, but the call for the strike was made by Turkey.

Pentagon denies commenting on WSJ drone-report

World Bulletin / News Desk

A spokesperson with the US Defense Department has denied Turkish-language media reports that he backed a report on the Wall Street Journal alleging a deadly strike against civilians in Turkey was linked to intel provided by a US military drone.

"I did not make any comments on the WSJ report or the content of the report," George Little told reporters in response to a question by the Anadolu Agency correspondent.

Little said the WSJ report would not hurt ties between Turkey and the United States, adding that military cooperation as well as joint efforts against the PKK would continue.

"We have a very strong, solid and important alliance going on for many years and we hope that it will continue," Little said.

Thirty-four civilians were killed in air strike last November in Turkey's southeast when Turkish forces incorrectly identified a group of smugglers as PKK terrorists.

Citing a US defense official, the WSJ report alleged that the initial surveillance footage that led to the attack came from a US drone, but the call for the strike was made by Turkey.

In a press release earlier Friday, the Turkish General Staff said "the first detected visual image of the group in the incident was made by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces."

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mayıs 2012, 15:58

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