Obama warns NATO of wider IS spillover
Waar, Duhok: 29 May 2015 – President Barack Obama’s call this week for NATO to fortify its southern front has been interpreted by some as an attempt to get the alliance to assume a role in helping to end the Mideast turmoil.
At a White House press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Obama directed the attention of NATO members to the risk of potential spillover of the Middle East turmoil and noted the importance of the alliance’s partnering with countries and organizations in the region. “That means increased defense capacity-building with other countries like Iraq or GCC countries that are interested in working with us, as well as the African Union,” he said referring to the Gulf Cooperation Council. Some experts describe the president’s remarks as an effort to push the alliance into the fight against IS as the U.S.-led coalition seems to have failed to stop the militants’ advancement, evident in the group’s capture of Iraq’s Anbar province’s key city of Ramadi and the momentum it still maintains in Syria with the recently takeover of the ancient city of Palmyra in northern Aleppo. Others, however, say Obama’s message to allies was directed at those focused solely on the Russian threat and blind to threats from other fronts.