NATO will stand by member state Turkey if it comes under attack as a result of the fighting in neighboring Syria, alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.

Islamic State militants on Monday raised their flag on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian town of Kobani, a short distance from the Turkish border. Stray fire from fighting around the town has hit Turkish territory.

“The main responsibility for NATO is to protect all allied countries. Turkey is a NATO ally and our main responsibility is to protect the integrity, the borders of Turkey and that is the reason why we have deployed Patriot missiles in Turkey to enhance, to strengthen the airfence of Turkey,” Stoltenberg told a news conference during a visit to Poland. […]