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    Plot Thickens: US Discussing NATO Involvement in Syria With Alliance Chief

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    The United States is discussing NATO involvement in the US-led coalition operations against Daesh in Syria with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said at a congressional hearing on Thursday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The defense secretary emphasized that the United States does favor NATO involvement in the global coalition against Daesh.

    "I think NATO as NATO could make a contribution. That’s being discussed with the Secretary-General [Stoltenberg] right now," Carter told the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Carter further explained that European NATO members have not yet asked the organization to join the operations, but member states have individually made significant contributions to the coalition.

    Earlier this month, Stoltenberg said during a visit to Washington, DC that NATO has no intention of conducting direct military intervention in Syria within the framework of the anti-Islamic State campaign.

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