Turkey Welcomes 34-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu calls it the 'best response to those who are trying to associate terror and Islam" and says it is a "step in the right direction.'

A senior army commander talks to his soldiers at their base in southern Yemeni port city of Aden, September 28, 2015.
Reuters

Turkey has welcomed the formation in Saudi Arabia of a 34-nation military coalition to fight terrorism. The kingdom announced the new "Islamic military alliance" just hours earlier, saying it will have a joint operations center based in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called it the "best response to those who are trying to associate terror and Islam" and said it was a "step in the right direction."

Davutoglu said Tuesday that "Turkey is prepared to make every contribution possible to any meeting related to the fight against terrorism, regardless of where it is organized or by whom it is organized."