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    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

    NATO to Stay Away From Syria Conflict – Stoltenberg

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    NATO as an alliance will not get involved in the Syrian conflict even though some of its members’ military is active there as part the US-led coalition, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.

    "NATO as an alliance has no plans to enter the ongoing conflict in Syria. This is something the allies are now doing as part of the US-led coalition there,” Stoltenberg said when addressing the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the southwestern Norwegian port of Stavanger.

    On September 30th Russia, responding to a formal request by the Syrian government,  launched an aerial campaign in Syria against the forces of the Islamic State terrorist group.

    The Russian airstrikes have intensified over the past few days with 67 sorties made in the past 24 hours alone targeting terrorist positions across the country.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he still hoped that the Western nations will eventually join Russia’s aerial campaign against the terrorists, which is being carried out with the full authorization of the Syrian government.


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