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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Fight against the ISIS in Iraq and Syria: NATO plans to deploy AWACS in October

NATO is planning to deploy surveillance aircrafts to support the international coalition’s ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) before the end of October, a senior official has said.

“The operations of the AWACS [NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System] have not yet begun. But I hope they will begin next month,” Alexander Vershbow, NATO’s deputy secretary-general, told a group of international reporters at a briefing at the alliance’s headquarters on Sept. 26.

NATO had decided to provide air surveillance support for the ongoing anti-ISIL fight by the United States-led coalition at the Warsaw Summit in early July. In line with the decision NATO’s AWACS will be deployed, Vershbow said, without detailing how many aircrafts would be dispatched and where they would operate from.

Vershbow said some military personnel from allied countries needed to operate as part of the AWACS mission and governments should get the necessary approvals from their parliaments. “I hope this will be completed within weeks. We have a defense ministers meeting at the end of October. I think this will be completed by that time,” he said.

The timetable of the deployment of AWACS coincided with projected operations by the anti-ISIL coalition against Mosul and Raqqa, two ISIL strongholds, in Iraq and Syria.  
 hurriyetdailynews.com
27/9/16

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