NATO said in a statement on Sunday that the North Atlantic Council, which includes the ambassadors of all 28 NATO allies, would meet following a request by Turkey to hold consultations under Article 4 of NATO’s founding Washington Treaty.
On the ground, protests erupted on Sunday in a sensitive district of Istanbul after raids against suspected fighters earlier in the week, leaving one police officer dead.
Late on Saturday, a car bomb went off as the soldiers were travelling on a road in the Lice district of the Kurdish-dominated Diyarbakir province, killing two soldiers and wounding four, the statement from the local governor’s office said.
Turkey announced on Friday a double military offensive, one against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group across the border in Syria, and the other targeting Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq.
Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary-general, has called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss security at the request of Turkey after last week’s suicide bombing there and ongoing Turkish security operations on two fronts.