NATO considering expansion into Middle East

NATO considering expansion into Middle East

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO expansion into the Middle East is being discussed by  NATO and its partners.

"I believe there is a potential for NATO to do more. But, as I stated, not mainly in combat. The issue we are looking into is not whether we can launch new combat operations," the NATO chief said at the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs and Sub-Committee on Security and Defence.

"The issue is whether we can do something that prevents us from being forced into new combat. Prevention is better than intervention," he added.

Stoltenberg also noted that NATO may scale up by training forces in the region, including in Iraq.