(SOURCE) The international community “has an obligation to stop the Islamic State from advancing further”, according to the Secretary General of Nato.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed David Cameron and Barack Obama’s determination to “confront” Isis (known as Islamic State) militia in Iraq.
Responding to an op-ed published in The Times on 4 September, he said: “I welcome that individual allies have taken steps to help Iraq. I welcome the US military action to stop the advance of the terrorist org Islamic State. I welcome that other allies have contributed in different ways.”
As yet, Nato hasn’t received a call for assistance from the Iraqi government but any such request would be “seriously considered”. Nato previously provided training to Iraqi troops, which ceased in 2011. A resumption of this activity is believed to be the main option on the table.
Speaking to reporters at the beginning of the Nato Summit 2014, he described the event as “one of the most important summits of our life”, saying it would “shape future Nato” and “demonstrate its resolve, unity and solidarity” in the face of crises in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria.