NATO will join the International Coalition, which is led by the United States, against the jihadist group Islsamic State (IS). However, NATO will not participate in combat missions. The Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, announced this a few hours after a meeting of the allied heads of state and government in Brussels.
The 28 member states are already part of the anti-IS coalition (or Daesch – to use its Arab acronym) as individual nations.
NATO’s membership will demonstrate the allies’ “unity” in the fight against terrorism.
Stoltenberg explained that this point is all the more significant, following the recent IS attack on Monday which caused 22 deaths in Manchester (England).
Mr Stoltenberg said that NATO is also “the best platform to coordinate NATO activities, as well as those of member states and partner countries, in the fight against terrorism.”