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NATO supports Turkish fight against terrorism

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By Euronews
NATO supports Turkish fight against terrorism

<p>Initially reluctant to join the international coalition against Islamic State militants, on Friday (July 24) Turkey launched its first bombing raids on IS positions in Syria. </p> <p>The strikes came after a suicide bomber killed 32 young Kurdish Turks in the border town of Suruc. </p> <p>On Tuesday (July 28) <span class="caps">NATO</span> held an emergency session to discuss the growing threat IS poses to Turkey. </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.<br /> “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> 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 <span class="caps">PKK</span> guerrillas. </p> <p>Relations broke down after the Suruc attack, which Kurds blame on the Turkish government. </p> <p>Since the bombing, the <span class="caps">PKK</span> has targeted security forces and the Turkish air force launched a series of strikes on a <span class="caps">PKK</span> base in Northern Iraq. </p> <p>World leaders have pleaded with both sides to keep the peace process alive – apparently to no avail.</p>