World Bulletin / News Desk
NATO will stand by member state Turkey if it comes under attack as a result of the fighting in neighbouring Syria, alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.
ISIL militants on Monday raised their flag on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobani, a short distance from the Turkish border. Stray fire from fighting around the town has hit Turkish territory.
"The main responsibility for NATO is to protect all allied countries. Turkey is a NATO ally and our main responsibility is to protect the integrity, the borders of Turkey and that is the reason why we have deployed Patriot missiles in Turkey to enhance, to strengthen the airfence of Turkey," Stoltenberg told a news conference during a visit to Poland.
"Turkey should know that NATO will be there if there is any spillover, any attacks on Turkey as a consequence of the violence we see in Syria," he said.
Clashes between Kurdish groups and ISIL militants intensified on Sunday around the Kurdish-populated city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) in Syria, just a few kilometers from the Turkish border, where Turkish armed forces have heightened security.
ISIL militants, who control large parts of territory in Syria and Iraq, have recently been attacking the border town of Kobani from all directions.
Around 160,000 Kurdish refugees took shelter in Turkey, according to Ankara, since the country opened its border on September 19.Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ekim 2014, 16:36