Press Release Concerning Turkey - United States Understanding On Countering Deash , 24.07.2015
No: 212, 24 July 2015
Turkey and the US are two NATO
allies who have extensive experience on joint assessment and joint action
concerning collective defense and national security matters.
Inherent to this aspect of our
relationship, being able to respond to common threats through collective
efforts has always constituted a priority for both our countries.
When necessary, these matters
are taken up at the level of Heads of State, as evidenced by the telephone
conversation between President Erdoğan and President Obama on July 22.
The DEASH problem is a primary
national security threat for Turkey. The dimensions of this threat are
While the wounds caused by the
abhorrent terror attack that has claimed the lives of 32 of our citizens on
July 20 are still fresh, the DEASH terrorist organization carried out an armed
attack on July 23 against our troops assigned to a military-border post at
Elbeyli, martyring a non-commissioned officer.
It is clear that these threats
and attacks directed against our national security will receive the response
Eliminating the threat posed
by DEASH both within our borders as well as to our security has been an
important aspect of the joint operational work conducted between Turkey and the
US for some time now.
As a member of the
International Coalition, Turkey had already been contributing to the
Coalition’s efforts in Syria and Iraq during the past 10 months through
the use of its own national assets and capabilities. It should be recalled that
Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu announced in late June the granting of clearance for
the deployment of armed UAVs.
As a continuation of this
process, Turkey and the US have decided to further deepen their ongoing
cooperation in the fight against DEASH.
In this context, the Council
of Ministers, based on the mandate provided by the Turkish Grand National
Assembly on October 2, 2014, has granted clearance for the deployment of manned
and unmanned aircraft from the US and other Coalition members participating in
air operations against DEASH, including a number of regional countries subject
to Turkish approval. Naturally, elements of the Turkish Air Force will
also be tasked with the same objective in these operations.
As of this morning, our jets
have targeted certain DEASH elements in Syria, based on our right of
self-defense in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter.
Details of this new
cooperation, which is expected to provide significant contributions to the
Coalition operations against DEASH, will not be disclosed at this time due to
In addition to ensuring
Turkey's security and through the increased presence of airborne
elements, permanently ensuring and bolstering the safety of the
inhabitants who now live in areas under DEASH control will naturally be one of
the expected outcomes of this cooperation.
These operations are carried
out in accordance with international law. As such, the necessary notification
has been communicated to the United Nations Security Council.