State Department Says Turkey Will Remain NATO's Key Ally in Anti-Daesh Fight

© AFP 2022 / BULENT KILIC This picture taken around 5 kilometres west from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 25, 2016 shows Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus
This picture taken around 5 kilometres west from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 25, 2016 shows Turkish Army tanks driving to the Syrian Turkish border town of Jarabulus - Sputnik International
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Despite its recent military actions in Syria and Iraq, Ankara will remain NATO's crucial ally in the fight against Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia), the US State Department spokesman said on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Turkey will continue to serve a vital role as a NATO ally and partner in the fight against Daesh despite its unauthorized military action in Syria and Iraq, US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said during a conference call.

A Turkish F-16 prepares to taxi while another one takes off at 3rd Main Jet Air Base - Sputnik International
Ankara 'Couldn't Have Struck Kurdish Positions Without US Coalition's Approval'
"Turkey’s a vital partner in the efforts to defeat ISIS [Daesh], it’s a vital NATO ally," Toner stated. "[W]e’re going to continue to work with the Turkish government and to strengthen that relationship going forward."

Earlier on Tuesday, the Turkish government confirmed it conducted airstrikes that struck Kurdish militias positioned in northern Syria and Iraq.

The State Department confirmed that the strikes led to deaths of members of partnering forces including the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

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