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US Requests NATO's AWACS Surveillance Planes for Anti-Daseh Fight

Sputnik News

13:42 28.01.2016(updated 14:42 28.01.2016)

NATO is considering a US request for use of the bloc's AWACS system, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – NATO is considering a US request to send the bloc's AWACS (airborne warning and control systems) surveillance planes to assist the international coalition fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

'We have got the request from the US to provide support to the efforts of the coalition, and to help them with the NATO AWACS surveillance planes, and we are now looking into that request,' Stoltenberg said during a press conference in Brussels.

The US-led international coalition has been conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), a terrorist group which has been banned in Russia and many other countries, since 2014 without the approval of the UN Security Council or the Syrian government.

Russia launched its own air campaign against the extremist group in Syria on September 30, at the request of Damascus.


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