NATO has played a key role in the fight against international terrorism for many years, including through its presence in Afghanistan, intelligence-sharing, and work to strengthen partners around the world.
At the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, Allied leaders decided to provide direct support to the Global Coalition with NATO AWACS surveillance aircraft. The Alliance also decided to launch training and capacity-building for Iraqi forces in Jordan and Iraq. In May 2017, Allied leaders agreed a new action plan to fight terrorism, which includes NATO’s membership in the Coalition, as well as more AWACS flight-time and information sharing.
“All NATO Allies remain united in the fight against terrorism in all its forms… and NATO has the expertise, partnerships and staying power to make a real difference.”Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General
“Our AWACS surveillance planes will help improve airspace management for the Coalition. And several Allies have committed air-to-air refuelling capabilities for those AWACS... Being in the coalition does not mean that NATO will engage in combat, but it does send a strong signal of our commitment to fight global terrorism. And it will enable NATO to take part in political deliberations, including on the coordination of training and capacity building.”