lmost everyday, there is news on the Turkish media droning on about the ‘new power’ of drones. Such a promotion of drones are done for a purpose, because in this way they can claim that the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) has been defeated, that the power balances in Azerbaijan and Libya have changed and that Russia has not been able to handle the issues in Syria.
Once upon a time, it was binoculars with “night vision” were rhapsodised like this. They used to write that all crossing-points of the PKK were taken under control and all their movements were tracked like a big-brother constantly watching them from above. As a matter of fact, during the 2008 raid in Zap they used to praise the survelliance weapons like this.
The so-called analysis and propaganda have been exaggerated so much so that the mountains were claimed to be unsafe places and the guerilla war, which was mainly going on on mountains, was also claimed to be not effective anymore. They even claimed that the era of guerilla war came to an end and that the guerilla forces were defeated.
But it was of course realised that none of these were true.
Even though Turkey used all high-tech weapons and tools on the mountains where the PKK zones are located, they are not able to achieve any results. Yes, it is also true that the PKK members are not able to move as freely as before, but it is also true that they have adopted new tactics and measures considering the mobilisation of Turkish drones.
The Turkish drones have not been as effective as they claimed to be, otherwise the Turkish state would not have to land soldiers in Metina, Avaşin and Zap and use the “human” factor in their fight with the PKK, again.
That is quite clear, without the intelligence and the espionage activities on the ground it is impossibe for the state to achieve success. Some assassinations in the recent years have been organised not with the “high technology”, but with espionage activities.