May 242017

Brussels, (IINA) – NATO will officially join the global coalition to defeat ISIS, but will not engage in combat operations, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Brussels, Stoltenberg said NATO leaders Thursday will adopt a new action plan to step up the fight against terrorism, which will include NATO’s membership in the global coalition against ISIS.

“This will send a strong political message of NATO’s commitment to the fight against terrorism, and improve coordination within the coalition. But it does not mean that NATO will engage in combat operations, he said.

While NATO as a bloc did not previously join the anti-ISIS coalition, all 28 of its member states were individual members of the coalition formed in 2014.

Stoltenberg said NATO’s membership in the coalition will provide a better platform for coordinating the efforts of NATO and the coalition members in fight against ISIS.

“Today we will decide to expand our support to the coalition. With more AWACS flight-time, more information-sharing, and air-to-air refueling, he said, adding that NATO will also enhance intelligence-sharing in the fight against terrorism.

We will agree to establish a new terrorism intelligence cell here at NATO headquarters. Improving how we share intelligence, including on foreign fighters. And we will decide to appoint a coordinator to oversee NATO’s efforts in the fight against terrorism, he said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

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