U.S. asks NATO for surveillance planes in fight against Islamic State

File photo of a NATO AWACS aircraft being seen taking-off for a flight to Romania from the AWACS air base in GeilenkirchenThe head of NATO said on Thursday that the United States has requested the alliance's help in fighting Islamic State in the Middle East by providing surveillance planes called the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS). NATO is not directly involved in combating Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq, with the United States leading a coalition of nations that includes all 28 NATO allies. NATO member Turkey also shares a long border with Syria and Iraq.


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