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NATO ambassadors are gathered Tuesday for an emergency session requested by Turkey to gauge the threat IS poses to Turkey and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.Turkish and U.S. officials are discussing the creation of a safe zone near Turkey’s border, which would be cleared of IS group presence and turned into a secure area for Syrian refugees to return.Khoja says a safe zone would be a “significant first step.”___12:40 p.m.Turkey’s NATO partners say they stand “in strong solidarity” with the nation, and that the security of the U.S.-led alliance is “indivisible.”Ambassadors from NATO’s 28 member states issued a joint statement following a rare emergency meeting at NATO headquarters held to hear Turkey describe the threat it faces from the Islamic State extremist group and the actions it’s taking in response.The NATO ambassadors say they “strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against Turkey, and express our condolences to the Turkish government and the families” of victims killed in recent terrorist actions.The NATO statement added: “Terrorism poses a direct threat to the security of NATO countries and to international stability and prosperity,” ”It is a global threat that knows no border, nationality or religion_a challenge that the international community must fight and tackle together.” BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest from NATO meeting on Islamic State group and related developments (all times local):3:35 p.m.A senior Turkish ruling party official says Turkey’s peace process with the Kurds is not over but has been placed on hold.Besir Atalay, a spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development party, says the peace negotiations can restart when Kurdish rebel fighters withdraw from Turkish territory and lay down arms. Turkey launched peace talks with the Kurdish rebels’ imprisoned leader in 2012 with the aim of ending the 30-year conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people. The rebels declared a cease-fire in 2013 that had largely held until last week. The rebels claimed responsibility for killing two policemen and Turkish jets pounded rebel positions in northern Iraq.The Kurds have held the government responsible for an Islamic State suicide attack earlier this month saying it had not done enough to stop the group.Atalay said: “It can resume from where it stopped, but until we reach that point, there will be a pause.”___3:20 p.m.A spokesman for the main Syrian Kurdish force fighting the Islamic State group says he does not view a U.S.-Turkish agreement to establish a safe zone in northern Syria as a threat.Redur Khalil of the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, says it is still not clear how Turkey will fight IS and adds Turkey has no interest in sending ground troops to Syria.The U.S.-backed YPG controls most of the 910-kilometer (565-mile) border with Turkey. It has warned Ankara against military intervention in northern Syria.Khalil however struck a diplomatic tone Tuesday saying the Turkish plans were not a threat. 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Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee is meeting in Madrid with ministers and representatives from some 70 countries to discuss ways of stemming the flow of foreign fighters to countries such as Iraq and Syria.The committee says the meeting Tuesday is aimed at discussing strategies and techniques to help member states address the foreign fighter threat.Speaking after preparatory meetings Monday, committee executive director Jean Paul Laborde said international cooperation was imperative in combating the problem.The committee estimates there are some 25,000 foreign fighters from more than half the countries in the world involved with listed Al-Qaida affiliates such as Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State armed group.___10:00 a.m.NATO ambassadors are gathering for an emergency session to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.The extraordinary meeting Tuesday at NATO headquarters is only the fifth such emergency meeting in the 66-year-history of the alliance. Turkey requested the session under Article 4 of the treaty, which empowers its 28 member states to seek such consultations when they consider their “territorial integrity, political independence or security” to be in jeopardy. NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg is scheduled to speak to the media soon about the meeting’s conclusions.___12:35 p.m.Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency says a soldier has been seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey’s border with Iraq.The agency says the soldier was fired on by a man wearing a mask on Tuesday in the mainly-Kurdish town of Semdinli.The attack comes amid increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels and Turkish airstrikes against the militants’ bases in neighboring Iraq.A day earlier, a military police major was killed in an ambush of his car in the southeastern province of Mus. Ten people were detained for questioning.Earlier, an explosion at a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey — blamed on Kurdish rebels — caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.___11:20 a.m.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is asking NATO to be prepared to help his country as it battles Islamic State militants in Syria and Kurdish rebels in Iraq.Speaking at a news conference Tuesday before leaving for China, Erdogan also said it was impossible to advance a peace process with the Kurds as attacks on Turkey continue. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Turkey’s request followed an IS suicide bombing near Turkey’s border with Syria that left 32 people dead and an IS attack on Turkish forces, which killed a soldier.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Many Kurds are concerned Turkey is using the war against IS as a pretext to limit advances by the YPG and to steer Washington away from it.___2:40 p.m.Turkey’s military says a soldier who was seriously wounded in an armed attack near Turkey’s border with Iraq has died.A military statement said the infantry sergeant died in a hospital Tuesday after being shot in the head by Kurdish militant in the town of Semdinli.The attack comes amid increased violence between Turkey and Kurdish rebels, including Turkish airstrikes against the militants’ bases in neighboring Iraq.A day earlier, a military police major was killed in an ambush in the southeastern province of Mus. Ten people were detained for questioning.Earlier, an explosion at a natural gas pipeline between Iran and Turkey — blamed on Kurdish rebels — caused a large fire and shut down the flow of gas.___1:50 p.m.The leader of Syria’s main political opposition group is urging NATO partners meeting in Brussels to support the establishment of a “safe zone” in northern Syria.Khaled Khoja, who heads the Syrian National Coalition, says that would ensure civilians are protected from the Islamic State group and President Bashar Assad’s indiscriminate aerial bombardment.