With North Atlantic Treaty Organization members divided over how deeply involved the alliance should be in the fight against Islamic State, foreign ministers said Thursday that the alliance should remain in a support role, providing training and support to the Libyan and Iraqi governments.

Off the table is a resumption of the combat role the alliance played in the 2011 war in Libya or a formal role for NATO in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

“Nobody here was suggesting NATO should have a forward combat role,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said at the meeting of NATO foreign ministers. “But there is a complementary support role NATO can play.” […]