NATO says would help defend Turkey if threatened by Islamic State

BRUSSELS Mon Aug 11, 2014 9:34am EDT

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during his meeting with Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in Kiev August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kravchenko/Pool

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during his meeting with Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk in Kiev August 7, 2014.

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO would take all steps necessary to defend alliance member Turkey if it were threatened by Islamic State fighters who have made gains in neighboring Iraq and Syria, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

"We are very much concerned about the activities of the so-called Islamic State, which is a bunch of terrorists, and it is of utmost importance to stop their advance," Rasmussen told Reuters in an interview.

"If any of our allies, and in this case of course particularly Turkey, were to be threatened from any source of threat, we won't hesitate to take all steps necessary to ensure effective defense of Turkey or any other ally," he said.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Martin Santa)

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Doc62 wrote:
Erdogan runs a tight ship. Turkey wasn’t afraid of ISIL in Syria. As a united country, they can kick Bagdadi’s butt. NATO air support would make it easier.

Aug 12, 2014 9:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
wimvincken wrote:
” … which is a bunch of terrorists …”
Another one underestimating the enemy.

Aug 12, 2014 5:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Okay – it’s “NATO.” The U.S. servicemen wouldn’t be “American” boots-on-the-ground; they would be “NATO boots-on-the-ground.”

But, since the I.S. “caliphate” (Levant?) is acclaimed to extend into “Iraq,” the I.S. forces would be vulnerable to attack & mop-up – in part – by red-white-and-blue “NATO boots-on-the-ground” also; wherever found.

But, given Obama’s historical and predictable screw-ups (particularly “Ukraine”), just how serious would the ‘European’ NATO members be, with respect to getting seriously involved?

The “NATO” troops still have to get out of Afghanistan – potentially another Obama screw-up – if Putin doesn’t wholeheartedly bless the exit of U.S. and NATO troops via Russian-controlled land and air routes.

[I wonder if Joe Biden's son, Hunter, is still making good money with that "Ukrainian" oil exploration company. The "Ukrainians" don't have human-rights; they have "oil!"]

But, it’s entirely possible that Turkey has the ability to take care of the I.S. forces, without help from “NATO.”

Aug 12, 2014 10:04pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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