NATO top brass rec­om­mends join­ing anti IS coali­tion

Cape Breton Post - - News -

BRUS­SELS _ NATO top brass are rec­om­mend­ing that the mil­i­tary al­liance join the in­ter­na­tional coali­tion fight­ing the Is­lamic State group.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­manded that NATO do more to com­bat ter­ror­ism.

NATO Mil­i­tary Com­mit­tee head Gen­eral Petr Pavel said Wed­nes­day that “there is a merit for NATO be­com­ing a mem­ber of that coali­tion.’’

Pavel said armed forces chiefs agreed “that NATO can and should do more’’ to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of Iraq and other coun­tries fight­ing IS to bet­ter de­fend them­selves.

NATO’s role could in­clude train­ing lo­cal forces and help­ing to build mil­i­taries and in­sti­tu­tions.

NATO coun­tries do not want the al­liance en­gaged in ac­tive com­bat against Is­lamic State mil­i­tants, even though all are in­di­vid­ual mem­bers of the anti-IS coali­tion.

Trump is sched­uled to meet NATO lead­ers in Brus­sels next week.

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