NATO announces its support for Turkey

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says organisation shows ‘strong solidarity’ with Turkey

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Tuesday during a North Atlantic Council (NAC) meeting in Brussels that the alliance is working in “strong solidarity” with Turkey.

Turkey requested an emergency meeting to discuss its border security and recent operations against the ISIS and PKK terrorist groups.

Speaking to ambassadors from its NATO allies at the start of the meeting, Stoltenberg said rectifying the potential instability Turkey has been faced with is important.

“We stand in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey,” Stoltenberg stressed.

Turkey has been the target of a series of terror attacks in the past week starting with a suicide bombing by ISIS in Suruc District of southeastern Sanliurfa province where 32 people were killed.

The PKK has also increased attacks on both police and the Turkish Armed Forces and killed several security officers.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the operations against ISIS and the PKK launched by Turkey were in self-defence.

Attending a press conference before leaving for China, Erdogan stated that as a NATO member country coming under attack Turkey may need NATO’s support.

"At the moment, Turkey has come under attack and is exercising its right to defend itself and will exercise this right until the end. But what we're saying is that there could be a duty for NATO, and we ask NATO to be prepared for this," Erdogan said.

Turkish F-16 fighter jets began to hit positions used by ISIS while also hitting PKK positions on Thursday night.

In the first aerial operation on Thursday, Turkish jets fired guided missiles from Turkish airspace at ISIS targets on Syrian soil without violating Syrian airspace. 

Early on Friday another operation targeted PKK camps, shelters, caves and logistics points in Zap, Metina, Gara, Avasin-Basyan, Sinath Haftanin, Hakurk and Qandil which are located in the mountainous region of northern Iraq.

TRTWorld and agencies