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Turkey ramps up fight against ISIS

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Turkey makes the request under Article 4 of NATO's founding treaty

It's only the fifth time in NATO history that members will meet under Article 4

The talks are expected to take place Tuesday

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NATO said Sunday that it would meet this week after Turkey called for special talks amid heightened concerns over its security.

Turkey made the request under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which allows countries to ask for consultations when they believe their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.

It was the fifth time in NATO history that members had met under Article 4, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu told CNN before the meeting began. The North Atlantic Council is made up of the NATO ambassadors of the 28 member countries.

“In the wake of increased security threats following the attacks against our security and law enforcement forces in the provinces of Diyarbakır, Sanlıurfa and Kilis, in particular the terrorist attack that took the lives of 32 innocent Turkish citizens in Suruc on 20 July, 2015, all necessary measures are being taken and in this context, operations are also being carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“Upon these recent attacks and threats directed against our national security, the North Atlantic Council has been called to a meeting by Turkey this week under Article 4 of the Washington Treaty with a view to informing our Allies about the measures we are taking and the operations we are conducting against terrorism, as well as to holding consultations with them.”

NATO, in a separate statement, confirmed that a meeting would take place on Tuesday.

The talks will come as Turkey grapples with a wave of violence near its southern border with Syria and is ramping up its effort to fight terrorists.

A car bomb exploded Sunday in southern Turkey, killing two security officers and wounding four other people, according to officials.

On Thursday, at least five ISIS militants in northern Syria approached the border and fired on a Turkish border unit, killing a soldier and wounding two others, the Turkish military said.

Authorities said ISIS was also to blame for the suicide blast last week in Suruc.

And after the PKK killed two Turkish police officers Wednesday, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to take action.

Turkey believes the PKK is exploiting ISIS’ efforts. The PKK has been fighting for independence since 1984 and is feared to be making gains.

The United States considers the group a terrorist organization, but PKK militants have come to the aid of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who have been fighting ISIS in northern Iraq.

CNN’s Barbara Starr, Gul Tuysuz and Holly Yan contributed to this report.