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NATO May Take Part in US-Led Coalition Efforts Against Daesh in MidEast

© AP Photo / Geert Vanden WijngaertNATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015.
NATO country flags wave outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015. - Sputnik International
NATO in the future may take part in the US-led coalition’s efforts to fight Daesh terrorist group in the Middle East, NATO’s Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said Monday.

GENEVA (Sputnik) — Vershbow added that the alliance, at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, has sent experts to Baghdad to evaluate possible expansion of NATO's mission to train the Iraqi military in the country.

"NATO may contribute directly to the coalition in the future, possibly by providing surveillance by NATO airborne warning and control [system] planes, the AWACS planes, to escort the coalition’s air operations," Vershbow said at the opening of the International Security Forum in Geneva.

Soldiers from NATO countries attend an opening ceremony of military exercise 'Saber Strike 2015', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, June 8, 2015 - Sputnik International
US Wants NATO to 'Play Very Important Role' in Anti-Daesh Fight
Earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry stated that NATO has capacity to be able to provide intelligence to help the ongoing efforts to fight the Daesh.

The alliance is not formally engaged in the military campaign against the Daesh, but individual members, including the United States, France, and Turkey, are contributing to military efforts against the terror group in both Syria and Iraq.

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