NATO Operations Beyond Europe—PICTURES

May 18, 2012, 2 a.m.

When the North At­lantic Treaty Or­gan­iz­a­tion first formed in 1949, the mem­ber coun­tries were think­ing more about com­bat­ing So­viet mil­it­ary ad­vances in­to west­ern Europe than com­bat­ing pir­acy off the coast of Somalia. But since the col­lapse of the So­viet Uni­on, NATO troops have found them­selves on mis­sions throughout the world. 

Be­low is a look at NATO op­er­a­tions bey­ond the al­li­ance’s ori­gin­al mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to the NATO web­site.