US pledges to stand with Turkey against terror threat

US pledges to stand with Turkey against terror threat

US pledges to stand with Turkey against terror threat

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The U.S. Embassy to Ankara has expressed its commitment to stand with the country against the “shared threat of terrorism,” voicing its sadness over the recent terror attacks in the country.

“On May 1st, a day intended to celebrate Labor and Solidarity, we marked instead the end of a difficult week for Turkey, and were once again deeply saddened by vicious terror attacks and tragic loss of life. We deplore the attacks in Bursa, Gaziantep, Dicle Nusaybin, Şırnak, Muş and elsewhere, as well as continued cross-border mortar and rocket attacks in Kilis and Karkamış, and reaffirm our strong commitment to work with Turkey to combat the shared threat of terrorism. In these trying times the U.S. commitment to Turkey’s security and territorial integrity is iron clad,” the U.S. Embassy said in a statement published on its Twitter account on May 2.

Turkey has in recent months experienced intensified attacks by both the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has staged several bomb attacks and has shelled the border province of Kilis, and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Recently, a female suicide bomber killed herself and wounded 13 others in a suicide attack outside Bursa’s historic Ulu Mosque on April 27.

In addition, a total of 19 people, including seven Syrians, have been killed by rockets fired at the border province of Kilis since Jan. 18.