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June 8, 2018

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Security Issues in Brussels

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels to discuss defense-related issues of mutual concern, Defense Department chief spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Feb. 16, 2018

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Complex Syria Environment

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and the Turkish defense minister discussed the complex security environment in Syria and the danger a resurgent Islamic State of Iraq and Syria could pose to NATO allies, during a meeting in Brussels.

Jan. 25, 2018

Turkey’s Assault on Kurdish Fighters Concerns United States, Officials Say

As Turkey continues its attack on Kurdish forces along the Syrian border town of Afrin, the Defense Department's chief spokesperson said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the common threat in the region.

Jan. 25, 2018

NATO Deputy Stresses Alliance’s Dedication to Turkey

Turkey is still a front-line state now facing the instability and turmoil stemming from the Middle East, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said in Istanbul.

Jan. 12, 2018

A-10s Bring Thunder to Fight Against ISIS

The 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is wrapping up a deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, that saw heavy involvement in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Nov. 24, 2017

Airmen, Other Troops Receive President’s Thanksgiving Greetings

President Donald J. Trump visited a Florida Coast Guard station and also made calls to airmen serving in Turkey, telling them that they and other service members serving the nation are “very, very special people to me, and to everybody in this country.”

July 28, 2017

Face of Defense: A-10 Pilot Spits Fire in Fight Against ISIS

Air Force Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi is an experience A-10 fighter jet pilot, but says his mind still races a hundred miles an hour before every combat mission. “All I know is that I need to make a direct hit to help our troops on the ground,” he said. Rudolphi also serves as a commander, welcoming the opportunity to lead others.

May 16, 2017

Mattis Confers With Turkish Counterpart at White House

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Işık met at the White House and firmly agreed on concerns regarding the PKK, a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, said the Pentagon's chief spokesperson.

May 9, 2017

Pentagon Reassures Turkey on Equipping Kurdish Elements in Syria

Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White offered reassurances to Turkey following President Donald J. Trump's authorization yesterday for the Defense Department to equip Kurdish elements in Syria fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

April 26, 2017

Turkish Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Kill Partner Counter-ISIS Fighters

Turkey conducted airstrikes in Syria and Iraq that killed partner forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, giving little notice and making no effort to coordinate the strikes, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said.

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