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NATO may send troops to Turkey

October 06, 2014, 17:22 UTC+3 WARSAW
Answering a question on the situation in Syria, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance’s main task is to defend Turkey’s territorial integrity
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Turkish soldiers stand on top of their military vehilces while smoke rises from Syria's Kobane city on the Turkish-Syrian border

Turkish soldiers stand on top of their military vehilces while smoke rises from Syria's Kobane city on the Turkish-Syrian border

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WARSAW, October 6. /TASS/. NATO may send troops to Turkey if its security is endangered, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.

Answering a question on the situation in Syria, he said the alliance’s main task is to defend Turkey’s territorial integrity.

Stoltenverg said NATO is concerned with the violence outbreak in Syria and the cruelty of the Islamic State (IS) organization.

US air strikes on Syria

The US armed forces since August 8 have been launching airstrikes on the IS positions in Iraq, and in September spread this operation to Syria’s territory. The US Central Command controls the operation. Along with the United States, the military campaign participants are France, the UK, Belgium, Australia and five Arab states: Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. The Netherlands and Turkey, in particular, plan to join them. NATO has the coordinating role in this campaign. Washington says these efforts are supported by more than 50 countries and a number of international organisations.

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