ISIS Attack On Turkey Could Force U.S. Response

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has captured a number of small towns along the Iraq-Turkey border and is threatening to take territory inside Turkey itself, which could force fellow NATO members to come to the nation’s defense. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, already has affirmed NATO’s commitment to protect Turkey. Rasmussen has told Turkish officials that NATO “won’t hesitate to do what it takes to provide effective defense and protection of our allies, including, of course, Turkey.” Ankara, however, hasn’t yet requested assistance under Article 5, which would require all NATO members to come to the defense of another member if attacked.

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