IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Attacks in Turkey


On behalf of the Department of Defense, I want to convey my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today's attacks in southeast Turkey. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish allies in strongly condemning these despicable attacks, which appear to have targeted Turkish security personnel. With these attacks, we are reminded of the remarkable bravery and self-sacrifice that allied security personnel demonstrate every day in the fight against terrorism. The United States remains committed to cooperating closely with Turkey - bilaterally, within the Counter-ISIL Coalition, and within NATO - in order to defend our nations against common threats.