NATO: Action against Islamic State would prevent genocide

By REUTERS
September 15, 2014 17:36

BRUSSELS - Military intervention against Islamic State militants could be justified on the grounds of self-defense or preventing a campaign "pretty close to genocide", NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday.

Rasmussen said the threat posed by Islamic State "requires a military response to degrade and defeat this terrorist organization" but he said NATO as an organization would not be undertaking military strikes against the group.

"We are not considering ... a leading NATO role in this operation. A number of NATO allies are forming a coalition that also includes countries from the region," he told the Carnegie Europe thinktank where he gave his last speech in Brussels before stepping down at the end of this month.


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