NATO chief says Turkey was major part of fight against ISIS
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Saturday Turkey was a major part of the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), German daily Bild am Sonntag reported.
"Especially in the fight against ISIS, Turkey made a decisive contribution to the physical destruction of the so-called caliphate," Stoltenberg said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.
"In addition, no other ally has taken in as many Syrian refugees as Turkey - a total of 3.6 million. And no other NATO partner has experienced as many terrorist attacks as Turkey," he said.
Following Turkey's offensive to northeast Syria, targetting Syrian Kurdish forces who were the key allies of the United States in the fight against ISIS, NATO leader said Turkish aggression risked a resurgent ISIS.
Brett McGurk, the former envoy heading the coalition against ISIS, accused Turkey of at least indirectly supporting ISIS, by turning a blind eye to border crossings of militants and targeting Kurdish forces fighting the jihadist organisation.