NATO’s top diplomats endorsed a plan to join the US-led coalition against ISIS, signaling the transatlantic military alliance is poised to wade into the battle in Iraq and Syria, Stars and Stripes reported on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump and other NATO heads of state still must formally approve the plan when they meet Thursday at alliance headquarters in Brussels, according to a NATO source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The formal entry of NATO into the coalition would be a political victory for Trump, who has emphasized the alliance should take on a more prominent role in countering terrorism.
It is still unclear what NATO’s function will be in the coalition, but the move serves as a turning point for the alliance.
NATO also could ramp up its training program in Iraq. NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg ’s comments came before ambassadors approved joining the coalition, which he said was under discussion.