"We will be exploring with individual NATO members what contributions they can make to a broad effort to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, which, again, will cover many different aspects," White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters. "In terms of NATO as an alliance, there is an existing NATO capacity to provide support to Iraqi Security Forces as well. So that is an essential area of cooperation. Although, again, when we talk about a broader, multifaceted effort to confront ISIL, clearly different member states would bring to the table different resources."
"We're actively considering what's going to be necessary to deal with that threat, and we're not going to be restricted by borders," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser, told the Associated Press. "We've shown time and again that if there's a counterterrorism threat, we'll take direct action against that threat, if necessary."