War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

NATO boosts support for countries battling Islamic extremism

NATO allies agreed Saturday to provide increased military support to countries in the Middle East and North Africa that are targets of Islamic extremism, including using NATO surveillance planes in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Alliance leaders also agreed to launch a new naval mission in the Mediterranean, and made commitments to maintain a stable military presence in Afghanistan and to fund Afghan security forces through 2020.

"We're moving forward with the most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War," U.S. President Barack Obama said at a news conference at the end of a crucial NATO summit in Warsaw.