NATO decided to officially join the international coalition against ISIS


Some members, including France and , expressed a cautious attitude based on the fact that the military alliance is focused on defense, not offense. According to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, the military defense alliance will play a practical, coordinating role in the coalition, instead of a fighting one. Members will contribute with jets, weapons and personnel. The move will specifically involve an expansion of flights by NATO’s AWACS surveillance aircraft currently supporting anti-ISIS operations in Syria and Iraq. At the Brussels meeting on Thursday, Trump is also expected to urge NATO members to increase defense spending to the target of two percent of a country’s annual gross domestic product.


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