NATO ministers, after a rare emergency meeting Tuesday, strongly backed Turkey's fight against the Islamic State after a series of deadly border attacks brought Ankara into the fight after more than a year of holding back.

"Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and to international stability and prosperity. It is a global threat that knows no border, nationality, or religion – a challenge that the international community must fight and tackle together," the North Atlantic Council, NATO's governing body, said in a statement after the meeting in Brussels.

"Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations can never be tolerated or justified. The security of the alliance is indivisible, and we stand in strong solidarity with Turkey."

Turkey had requested the meeting in the wake of a July 20 suicide attack in the Syrian border town of Suruc that killed 32 people and was blamed on the Islamic State. Ankara last week also agreed to allow U.S. aircraft to use the Incirlik Air Base to bomb Islamic State targets in Syria — something Washington had sought for more than a year.

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