Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Adviser, RIEAS)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( – Publication date: 28 May 2017

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced NATO is joining the Western anti-ISIL coalition in Syria. How exactly NATO will be “joining” the Western powers already involved militarily in that conflict?

The secretary emphasized NATO won’t be assuming combat roles in Syria. The formal “joining” of the anti-ISIL coalition is in reality a political gesture since all 28 NATO members are already involved in combating the caliphate in Syria and Iraq in one way or another. Diplomats in Brussels said NATO’s move is symbolic more than anything else....Read more

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