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NATO chief defends decision to stay out of Syrian war

- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NATO chief Jens Stoltenber­g on Sunday defended the alliance’s decision to refrain from stepping into the war in Syria, saying doing so would only make matters worse.

All 28 NATO members belong to the US-led coalition battling the ISIS, but are not directly involved in the Syrian conflict. “We are experienci­ng in Syria a horrible human catastroph­e. Sometimes it is right to deploy militarily – such as in Afghanista­n,” Stoltenber­g told Bild am Sonntag.

“But sometimes the costs of a military operation is higher than its benefit. Looking at Syria, NATO partners came to the conclusion that a military deployment would only make a terrible situation worse,” he said. “We would risk turning it into a bigger regional conflict. A military deployment is not always the solution,” he warned.

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