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NATO welcomes Turkey’s efforts against ISIS

NATO welcomes Turkey’s efforts against ISISNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Turkey told reporters he welcomed country’s efforts against ISIS. In his Friday speech he claimed Ankara had a right to defend itself.

"We welcome Turkey's increasing efforts to fight against Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State]. Turkey has a right to defend itself. There have been many terrorist attacks coming from the Syrian side," Stoltenberg told.

In an interview to the “CNN Turk” TV channel, he also remarked that NATO and Turkey are in need of each other. He said Turkey continues to fulfill its obligations after the failed coup attempt.

It is the first Stoltenberg’s trip to Turkey since the July 15 coup raised concern about the cohesion of the alliance's second-largest military.

His visit also comes after Turkey launched its incursion into Syria last month, a military operation that has seen Turkey-backed rebels sweep Islamic State from the Syrian border.
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