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Daniel Monk _RIP
1.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 04 Jul 2009 Sat 01:06 pm

On July 4. 2003, a 100 strong team of American soldiers led by Daniel Monk and supported by Kurdish militia approached a Turkish Base manned by 11 Turkish soldiers in Iraq,  under false friendly pretenses. Turks were offering the Americans, who they thought to be allies/guests, food and drinking water when Americans pulled their guns and forced the 11 Turks to surrender.

 

Treatment of Turkish captives afterwards, was totally out of gentlemanly military conduct and could perhaps only be explained by US miltary codes.

 

Monk later agreed to an interview on Turkish  TV and the rumor then was that he was ready to apologize on his own behalf, if not on the behalf of US Army. His appearance on Turkish TV was stopped by US Government. The strained US-Turkish relations have not fully recovered since.

 

News is that Monk is now dead, because of an over dose of medication in his hometown -back in the US and just a day before he turned 29.

 

May he rest in peace and may anyone who has a different version of this episode offer his version in this thread.



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2.       AlphaF
5677 posts
 04 Jul 2009 Sat 06:50 pm

Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno

 

He was the overall commander of US forces in Iraq  at the time of Monk affair, as far as I can figure out the dates. He is probably retired by  now.

 

I have a wild guess he will be running for Congress, in the next US elections. Democrat or Republican?



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3.       slavica
814 posts
 05 Jul 2009 Sun 12:41 am

 

Quoting AlphaF

On July 4. 2003, a 100 strong team of American soldiers led by Daniel Monk and supported by Kurdish militia approached a Turkish Base manned by 11 Turkish soldiers in Iraq,  under false friendly pretenses. Turks were offering the Americans, who they thought to be allies/guests, food and drinking water when Americans pulled their guns and forced the 11 Turks to surrender.

 

Treatment of Turkish captives afterwards was totally out of gentlemanly military conduct and could perhaps only be explained by US miltary codes.

 

 

 Is this episode described at the beginning of  "Kurtlar Vadisi" movie?

4.       alameda
3499 posts
 05 Jul 2009 Sun 07:38 pm

 

Quoting slavica

 

 

 Is this episode described at the beginning of  "Kurtlar Vadisi" movie?

 

Yes, I believe it was.  Odd, I can find hardly any information on this in the news here.  Wikipedia has no mention of it in the Raymond T. Odierno page. Maybe I didn´t look close enough? 

 

He is now Commanding General, Multi-National Force—Iraq.

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