NATO symbolically joins coalition against Islamic state

  • Dominika Jandová
  • 29.5.2017 10:41

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on May 25 during the Brussels summit, that the Alliance as a whole will become a part of a coalition fighting against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

It is more of a symbolic step that is supposed to send a political signal of unity in the fight against terrorism and please the United States administration, as all member states are already involved individually in the international coalition fighting the IS. However, it should result in an expansion of surveillance aircraft flights, the establishment of an intelligence unit for monitoring foreign fighters in Europe and the expansion of training programs in Iraq. At the same time, it is expected that coordination and flow of information within the coalition would be improved. However, Stoltenberg emphasised that this step does not mean that NATO will engage in combat operations. A greater engagement of NATO in the fight against terrorism and its involvement in the coalition was mostly sought out by American President Donald Trump. However, both France and Germany had their reservations regarding the enhancement of NATO's role, for example, due to the concerns about the gradual assumption of responsibility for fights in Syria and Iraq. Intensification of the fight against terrorism was also stressed by British Prime Minister Theresa May in connection with the recent attack in Manchester.

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