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NATO supports Turkish fight against terrorism

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By Euronews
NATO supports Turkish fight against terrorism

<p>Initially a reluctant participant in the international coalition against Islamic State militants, Turkey last week (July 24) launched its first bombing raids on IS positions in neighbouring Syria. </p> <p>The strike came after a suicide bomber killed 32 young Kurdish activists in the Turkish border town of Suruc. </p> <p>On Tuesday (July 28) <span class="caps">NATO</span> held an emergency session to discuss the increasingly unstable situation along Turkey’s border.</p> <p>“All allies stand in solidarity with Turkey,” <span class="caps">NATO</span> Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters after the meeting in Brussels. “Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of <span class="caps">NATO</span> countries and to international stability and prosperity. <span class="caps">NATO</span> is playing its part in addressing these challenges. All allies are part and contribute to the global coalition against <span class="caps">ISIL</span>.”</p> <p><span class="caps">NATO</span>, however, stopped short of joining a Turkey-US initiative to clear IS militants out of Northern Syria and create a security zone along the Turkish border. </p> <p>As well as the threat from IS, Turkey is also facing renewed hostilities with Kurdish rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party, or <span class="caps">PKK</span>. </p> <p>Relations broke down after the Suruc attack, which Kurds blame on the Turkish government. </p> <p>Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today confirmed that the fragile peace talks with the <span class="caps">PKK</span> were over. </p> <p>“Now, there is a truth: in this country, in my opinion, it is impossible to continue the solution process with those threatening our national unity and brotherhood.”</p> <p>After the Suruc attack, <span class="caps">PKK</span> gunmen killed two policemen who they accused of collaborating with the IS bomber. </p> <p>They also target a military convoy in Diyarbakir province, killing two soldiers. </p> <p>Turkish authorities responded by launching a series of airstrikes on a <span class="caps">PKK</span> base in Northern Iraq. </p> <p>Hundreds of people have been arrested in terror raids across the country, accused of supporting the outlawed <span class="caps">PKK</span> guerrillas.</p> <p>World leaders have pleaded with both sides to keep the peace process alive – apparently to no avail.</p>