NATO leaders are expected to formally join the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.
NATO Secretary General, Stoltenberg says that the major items on agenda are NATO’s role in fighting against terrorism and fairer burden sharing in Alliance.
The decision came as leaders of the military alliance gathered in Brussels to discuss burden-sharing and terrorism as part of an effort to show Donald Trump that the military alliance that he called “obsolete” is still relevant.
Stoltenberg says the military alliance is lending its support to the United States to led collation against ‘ISIS’ terrorist network.
NATO Secretary General said “Joining the coalition will send a strong political message of NATO’s commitment in fighting against terrorism, but it will not mean that alliance will engage in combat operations.”
However, he says that support from NATO will mean more flight time, more information-sharing and more air-to-air refueling.
“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.
Yet, Stoltenberg says that a new coordinator will be appointed for overseeing NATO’s efforts in fighting against terrorism.
“We will agree to establish a new terrorism intelligence cell here at NATO headquarters, improving how we share intelligence, including foreign fighters and we will decide to appoint a coordinator to oversee NATO’s efforts in fighting against terrorism.” Stoltenberg added.
NATO has been engaged in fighting against terrorism for years and its largest military operation was launched in Afghanistan in a direct response to 9/11 terrorist attack.
Stoltenberg says that best weapon in fighting against terrorism is to train local forces. However, 13 thousand NATO troops will continue to train Afghan forces.