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NATO Considers Getting More Involved In Fighting IS


NATO says it is considering getting more involved in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made the announcement on June 15 following a meeting of the alliance's defense ministers in Brussels.

"Today, we decided that we will develop a recommendation for NATO training and capacity building in Iraq," Stoltenberg said.

He added that the aim was to reach agreement at the NATO summit in Poland next month.

The initiative is to complement NATO training of Iraqi officers in Jordan.

The alliance is also considering providing direct support to the U.S.-led coalition against the IS group with AWACS surveillance aircraft.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed the development, but said he'd "like to see NATO do more" to help the coalition destroy the IS group.

With IS fighters increasingly on the defensive and losing ground in Iraq, Carter said the alliance could help consolidate coalition gains while government forces press on.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa
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