Turkey says it does not see the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as a reason to halt military strikes against the Taleban and suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
A spokesman for President Ahmet Necdet Sezer said Ramadan is a delicate period for Turkey, which is overwhelmingly Muslim. But he said there is no point in observing a break in fighting terrorism on account of values that terrorism does not respect.
He said terrorism has no respect for holy values, religious days or Ramadan.
Turkey is the only Muslim country to pledge troops to support U-S military action in Afghanistan. It plans to send up to 90 special forces troops. It says they will train opponents of the Taleban, conduct reconnaissance and support humanitarian operations.
While the great majority of Turkey's people are Muslim, the country operates on strictly secular principles.