Following a defence ministers meeting in Brussels, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed that NATO is considering joining the US-led coalition against ISIL.
NATO agreed in principle to US request to deploy AWACS air surveillance aircraft to bolster the fight against ISIL group.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO planes would not be used directly in monitoring the militants group but would take the tasks of U.S. planes that would be re-tasked in gathering intelligence in Syria and Iraq.
NATO has command structure for the 28 member states and has Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS).
NATO’s AWACS unit has more than 20 planes capable of monitoring activity both in the air and on the ground, within a radius of some 400 kilometres (260 miles) to warn of threats and coordinate a response.