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NATO Proclaims ‘Strong Solidarity’ With Turkey Over IS


NATO gave Turkey its full backing in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on July 28 in Brussels.

“The security of the alliance is indivisible," ambassadors from all 28 NATO nations declared in a joint statement after the meeting.

The meeting was called to assess the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group and the Turkish response.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ankara didn’t ask for military help, noting that it has the second-largest army in the alliance.

During a closed-door meeting, members called on Turkey not to use undue force and to continue peace efforts with representatives of the Kurdish minority, an official told The Associated Press news agency on condition of anonymity.

Turkey last week launched a crackdown against Kurdish demonstrators across the country while, at the same time, it began air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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