By DoD News
In the wake of a bomb attack Saturday that killed 13 Turkish soldiers traveling on weekend leave and injured dozens of others, U.S. defense officials expressed condolences and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Turkey and the battle against terrorism.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook issued a statement on behalf of Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Defense Department.
“We wish to express our deepest condolences to our NATO ally Turkey after today’s bus bombing in Kayseri,” Cook said. “The attack targeted off-duty soldiers, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and those injured. We remain united with Turkey in the ongoing fight against terrorism, and those responsible for this cowardly act should be held accountable.”
Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, spoke with Turkish Chief of Defense Gen. Hulusi Akar today to express his condolences, Eucom officials said in a statement.
“During the call, General Scaparrotti reaffirmed his commitment to stand with our NATO ally Turkey and fight against shared threats,” officials said.