Offering condolences on behalf of the Defense Department to the families of victims of the attacks in southeastern Turkey, Defense Secretary Ash Carter reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to stand by its ally.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Turkish allies in strongly condemning these despicable attacks, which appear to have targeted Turkish security personnel,” Carter said in a statement. “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.”
At least a dozen people were killed and dozens more were wounded in two bomb attacks and a rocket attack, according to news reports.
The United States remains committed to cooperating closely with Turkey bilaterally, within the coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and within NATO “to defend our nations against common threats,” the secretary said.
Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on US Air Strike in Libya
“Today, at the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), the United States military conducted precision air strikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, to support GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL in its primary stronghold in Libya. These strikes were authorized by the president following a recommendation from Secretary Carter and Chairman Dunford. They are consistent with our approach to combating ISIL by working with capable and motivated local forces. GNA-aligned forces have had success in recapturing territory from ISIL thus far around Sirte, and additional U.S. strikes will continue to target ISIL in Sirte in order to enable the GNA to make a decisive, strategic advance. The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya. These actions and those we have taken previously will help deny ISIL a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.”