Germany welcomes Turkey's airstrike on ISIL

German Defense Minister von der Leyen says regional countries should put aside religious divisions and stand against the ‘barbaric terror’ of ISIL

Germany welcomes Turkey's airstrike on ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

Germany’s Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has welcomed Turkey’s airstrike on ISIL targets in neighboring Syria.

“It is important that the countries of the region are now also becoming active against the terror of ISIL, putting aside religious divisions, standing against this barbaric terror,” von der Leyen told the German daily Bild on Friday.

Turkish warplanes hit ISIL targets in Syria on Friday morning, a day after a group of ISIL men attacked the Turkish border post, killing one Turkish soldier and wounding two others.

Von der Leyen said that the international community’s fight against ISIL would be a serious and long-term struggle.

“It would be the right thing to do for us also to continue our contribution by supporting the Peshmerga in Iraq,” she added.

Both Germany and Turkey are members of the international coalition formed last year to counter the growing terrorism threat posed by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Germany has not yet joined the U.S.-led military strikes against ISIL targets but it is providing military equipment and training to the Iraqi Kurdish forces who are fighting ISIL.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Temmuz 2015, 09:26