America has asked NATO to help in the fight against Daesh.
So far the alliance has had no formal role in the US-led coalition’s military action.
But at the launch of NATO’s annual report, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed that it has been asked to deliver hands-on help by providing surveillance planes.
The aircraft, known as AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), are already being sent to Turkey by the alliance to strengthen air defences on the country's Syrian border. It's not yet clear whether these planes could play a dual role. Mr Stoltenberg said:
"We have got a request from the U.S. to provide support to the efforts of the coalition, to help them with the NATO AWACS surveillance planes, and we are now looking into that request."
He added that NATO ministers will discuss the request at a meeting next month, although no deadline has been set for a decision.
AWACS can share information with commanders based on the ground, sea or in the air via digital data links, whilst monitoring airspace within a radius of over 400 km (250 miles).