Nato to use surveillance planes against IS
July 9, 2016 6:16 pm
The Nato military alliance has agreed to use surveillance planes in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg says.
He says the aircraft will support the US-led coalition targeting the group.
Nato will also train Iraqi forces and support special forces in Tunisia, a major recruiting ground for IS.
Meanwhile, the alliance has agreed to keep troop levels in Afghanistan and reiterated a funding pledge, he adds.
Mr Stoltenberg made the remarks on the second day of the 28-country military alliance summit in Warsow.
He said the surveillance agreement against IS, using Awacs surveillance planes, was a “clear signal of our resolve to help tackle terrorism”.
Additionally, the alliance will start a training and capacity-building mission for Iraqi armed forces, a country Mr Stoltenberg says is central in the fight against the jihadist group.