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NATO chief rules out combat role against Islamic State

AP  |  Brussels 

NATO's chief says members are discussing whether to join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group but insists the alliance will not deploy combat troops.

Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said today that "no decision has been taken. The discussion is going on."

He told reporters in Brussels that it "is absolutely out of the question for to go into combat operations."

US President Donald Trump is expected to pressure to do more to fight extremists in Syria, Iraq and when he meets his allied counterparts in Brussels on May 25.

supports the coalition with training and aerial surveillance. But members do not want NATO fighting Islamic State, even though all are also individual members of the anti-IS coalition.

A top NATO general recommended yesterday that the alliance join.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 21:32 IST