U.S., NATO Condemn Attacks in Turkey

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2011 — Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma was joined by NATO today in denounc­ing the ear­ly morn­ing ter­ror­ist attacks against var­i­ous Turk­ish out­posts and police sta­tions along the Iraqi bor­der.

“The Unit­ed States strong­ly con­demns this morning’s out­ra­geous ter­ror­ist attack against Turkey, one of our clos­est and strongest allies,” Oba­ma said in a state­ment.

The attacks, which killed at least 24 sol­diers and injured 18 oth­ers, includ­ing a child, have been attrib­uted to the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Par­ty, accord­ing to NATO.

Oba­ma said the U.S. sup­ports Turkey, a mem­ber of NATO since 1952.

“The Unit­ed States will con­tin­ue our strong coop­er­a­tion with the Turk­ish gov­ern­ment as it works to defeat the ter­ror­ist threat from the PKK and to bring peace, sta­bil­i­ty and pros­per­i­ty to all the peo­ple of south­east Turkey,” Oba­ma said.

“The peo­ple of Turkey, like peo­ple every­where, deserve to live in peace, secu­ri­ty and dig­ni­ty,” the pres­i­dent added. “As they pur­sue the future they deserve, they will con­tin­ue to have a friend and ally in the Unit­ed States.”

NATO also con­demned the attacks on Turkey and pledged sol­i­dar­i­ty with the coun­try.

“On behalf of NATO, I con­demn in the strongest pos­si­ble terms the recent attacks in south­east­ern Turkey, which killed and injured sev­er­al Turk­ish sol­diers, police­men and civil­ians, includ­ing a child,” said NATO Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al Anders Fogh Ras­mussen.

“There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for such acts of vio­lence, and I express my con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies and loved ones of the vic­tims,” he said. “NATO allies stand in sol­i­dar­i­ty in the fight against ter­ror­ism.”

Oba­ma also expressed his sym­pa­thy to the fam­i­lies of those lost in the attacks.

“On behalf of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” he said, “I offer my con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims and to all of the Turk­ish peo­ple.”

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)