In an article published on Wired.com, reporter Spencer Ackerman probes recent information published by WikiLeaks, as part of last Sunday’s leak of 92,000 classified Pentagon documents, and finds that Turkish militants were attacking US troops in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border.
“The presence of Turkish fighters isn’t totally new. You can find sporadic references online… But the WikiLeaks archive provides vivid new detail about the presence of dedicated militants coming from the country of a NATO ally that has contributed troops and money to the mission in Afghanistan,” said Ackerman in his article.
“At Forward Operating Base Bermel in the eastern part of Paktika Province, soldiers reported being scoped out and progressively fired upon with rockets and small arms fire by Turkish militants from the spring to the fall of 2007, the documents show. Troops at the remote outpost responded with artillery and airstrikes, even calling in Predator and Reaper drones to go after the militants. Reports of communications intercepts indicate that the Turkish fighters were supported by the al-Qaeda-aligned Haqqani network and may have operated out of militant safe havens in Pakistan,” added Ackerman in his Wired.com article.
To read the entire piece visit: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/07/wikileak-u-s-battling-militants-from-turkey-its-nato-ally/#ixzz0v17ruDJU