IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, in a speech he gave at the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue, said that: "Extremist regimes and terrorist organizations have introduced high and low quality weapons, exploitation of civilian human shields and misinformation to the current battlefield. All these tactics have altered the battlefield as we know it."
He highlighted NATO's current challenges in Afghanistan as an example of a country where NATO members will encounter "complex strategic, tactical, and logistic issues" pertaining to fighting the war.
Ashkenazi also thanked the 40 member countries of NATO, complimenting their achievements "against these terrorist threats. These combined efforts ensure that the extremists who wish to destroy our way of life will never succeed in doing so."