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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that NATO will support the country's efforts to counter terrorism.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) Turkey hopes that NATO will support its efforts to counter terrorism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

    The statement was made minutes before NATO ambassadors convened an extraordinary meeting in Brussels to discuss Ankara’s recent military campaigns initiated against the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadist group in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.

    "Today NATO’s extraordinary meeting will take place. I hope that our allies will support us and do everything in their power," Erdogan told journalists.

    Last Thursday, the Turkish army launched attacks against IS and PKK positions, following a surge in violence on the country’s border with war-torn Syria and Iraq, including a suicide bombing in the Turkish border town of Suruc that killed 32 people and injured over 100, and the killings of two police officers in the southern city of Ceylanpinar.


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