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NATO to review Iraq mission after Iran general slain

Jan 06, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The North Atlantic Council will address the situation in the region,' a NATO official says

NATO. A picture taken on November 20, 2019, shows a NATO flag at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, during a NATO Foreign Affairs ministers' summit. File photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Greek PM on White House trip amid Turkey tension

Jan 05, 2020 - 12:46 PM

US Ambassador to Athens Geoffrey Pyatt says Washington sees Greece as 'a critical pillar of regional stability'

WHITE HOUSE VISIT. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to fly to the United States on January 7, 2020. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

'Brain dead' NATO's summit dominated by leaders' feuds

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Meeting outside London to mark the 70th year of the Atlantic alliance, the members vow to stick together against threats from Russia and terrorism and recognize the challenge of a rising China

ALLIANCE. Nato heads of government class of 2019. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

Squabbles overshadow NATO 70th anniversary summit

Dec 03, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The 29 allies descend on London ready to lock horns over spending and how to deal with Russia in a major test of unity as NATO seeks to assert its relevance

NATO SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump (unseen) prepare to disembark from Air Force One after landing at Stansted Airport, northeast of London on December 2, 2019, ahead of the upcoming NATO alliance summit. NATO marks its 70th birthday at a summit next week but the celebration could well turn into an arena of political combat between the alliance's feuding leaders. Heads of state and government will descend on London Tuesday bracing for a scrap over spending and how to deal with Russia, in a huge test of unity within NATO -- billed by its own officials as the "most successful alliance in history". Adrian DENNIS / AFP

NATO plans for Russian 'aggression' on 70th anniversary

Apr 05, 2019 - 8:25 AM

At the close of talks in Washington, foreign ministers from the 29-nation alliance say in a joint statement that they face 'an unpredictable and challenging security situation' that includes 'a more aggressive Russia'

PREPARED. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a press conference during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers part of the 70th anniversary of the alliance at the US Department of State April 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:33 AM

US officials have voiced concern that with Turkey in both camps, Russia could obtain F-35 data to improve the accuracy of the S-400 to shoot down Western aircraft

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

NATO door opens for Macedonia

Feb 02, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov will attend the ceremony at NATO headquarters in Brussels

MACEDONIA. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

NATO military exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 PM

NATO's Trident Juncture 18 exercise will bring 45,000 alliance troops, equipped with 150 aircraft, 70 vessels and around 10,000 land vehicles across northern Europe

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017.  The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF

Norway wants to double U.S. troops and deploy them closer to Russia

Jun 12, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Since last year, 330 US Marines have been deployed on rotation at Vaernes in the center of Norway, despite loud protests from Russia

BALTOPS. A US soldier takes part in a massive amphibious landing during the Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), a NATO maritime-focused military multinational exercise, on June 4, 2018 in Nemirseta on the Baltic sea in Lithuania. Photo by Petras Malukas/AFP

Colombia to become first Latin American NATO 'global partner'

May 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

In addition to Colombia, NATO lists Afghanistan, Australia, Iraq, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan as 'global partners'

TRUTH COMMISSION. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon speaks during the 72nd High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 24, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Trump says U.S. committed to NATO's mutual defense pledge

Jun 10, 2017 - 9:34 AM

Trump makes the statement after failing to endorse Article 5 in a speech at last month s NATO summit in Brussels

MUTUAL DEFENSE. In this file photo, the US and the NATO flags fly in front of two US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces on April 27, 2016. Petras Malukas/AFP

Trump berates NATO for dodging defense dues

May 26, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Twenty three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they re supposed to be paying for their defense says US President Donald Trump

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump says 'strong Europe' is important for U.S.

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:58 AM

This is a turnaround of the US President s earlier pronouncement hailing Britain s decision to leave the European Union

STRONG EUROPE. US President Donald Trump, who once hailed Britain's departure from the European Union, says a 'strong Europe' is important for the United States. File Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Feb 20, 2017 - 11:32 AM

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Pence tells Europe: U.S. will always be your greatest ally

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:45 PM

The US will boost defense spending significantly says US Vice President Mike Pence

GREATEST ALLY. US Vice President Mike Pence European leaders at the Munich Security Conference that the US is Europe's "greatest ally." File Photo

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ – sources

Feb 09, 2017 - 11:57 PM

Security and IT systems at the 1 2 billion headquarters in the Belgian capital are behind schedule and so the transatlantic military alliance will only properly move in come September sources say

CHARLES MICHEL. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (C) give a press conference in Brussels on February 9, 2017. Photo by Dirk Waem / BELGA / AFP

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Feb 06, 2017 - 11:21 AM

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PEACE AT LAST? Philippine communist guerrillas in Mindanao. File photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

U.S. Marines to return to Afghanistan's Helmand province

Jan 07, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Around 300 US Marines are set to train and advise key leaders within the Afghan National Army 215th Corps and the 505th Zone National Police

THE RETURN. US Marines of the 2nd Battallion, 1st Marines Weapons Company return to their base on a joint patrol with Afghanistan National Army soldiers in Laki downsouth Garmser, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 3, 2011. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

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NATO finalizes military build-up to counter Russia

May 19, 2016 - 8:03 PM

At a Warsaw summit in July NATO leaders will sign off on the revamp which puts more troops into eastern European member states as part of a deter and dialogue strategy

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General addresses a press conference at the NATO headquarter in Brussels, Belgium, May 18, 2016. Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Taliban bomber kills 6 NATO soldiers near Kabul

Dec 21, 2015 - 9:36 PM

UPDATED Authorities say 3 Afghan policemen were also injured in the attack

Turkish military says did not know downed jet was Russian

Nov 26, 2015 - 9:16 AM

The downing of the Russian jet threatens ties between two major rival players in the Syrian war and raises fears it could escalate into a wider geopolitical conflict

GOING DOWN. A still image made available on November 24, 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria. HaberTurk TV Channel/EPA

NATO chief vows Afghan support as combat mission ends

Nov 06, 2014 - 2:12 PM

NATO s International Security Assistance Force will wind up at the end of this year to be replaced by a training and support mission named Resolute Support

New NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives his first press conference at Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 01 October 2014. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Britain ready to commit 3,500 troops to new NATO force

Sep 06, 2014 - 7:55 AM

We must reassure our Eastern European members that we will always uphold our Article 5 commitments says UK Prime Minister David Cameron

NATO SUPPORT. British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during a press conference as part of the NATO Summit 2014 at Newport, Wales, Britain on September 5, 2014. Photo by Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Beleaguered Ukraine calls truce in pro-Russia revolt

Sep 03, 2014 - 4:04 PM

UPDATED Kiev s announcement raised hopes of an end to fighting that has killed at least 2 600 people and driven relations between Russia and the West to their lowest ebb since the Cold War

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on the sidelines of a European Union summit at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on August 30, 2014. John Thys/AFP

Asian shares mixed as Ukraine tensions trump US data

Aug 29, 2014 - 10:39 PM

After enjoying a rally over the past few weeks investors were spooked by claims that Russian forces were inside Ukraine helping support pro Kremlin separatists

Norway's former PM Jens Stoltenberg is new NATO chief

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:03 PM

Norway’s former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Crimean parliament asks to join Russia as EU leaders meet

Mar 06, 2014 - 6:50 PM

UPDATED The local parliament in Crimea took another step towards seceding from Ukraine asking to become part of Russia as EU leaders held an emergency summit to deal with the worst East West crisis since the Cold War

UNREST IN CRIMEA. Unidentified armed men patrol outside of Simferopol airport in the autonomous republic of Crimea in Ukraine on February 28, 2014. Photo by AFP

US says hopeful on Ukraine crisis after Russia talks

Mar 06, 2014 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED Although fears of outright war have eased tensions remain disconcertingly high in Ukraine

AGENDA: UKRAINE. Top Western diplomats meet in Paris to discuss the situation in Ukraine, 5 March 2014. In this photo, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius chairs a meeting with the foreign ministers of the EU, UK, Germany, and Poland. Image courtesy of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

US pledges $1B to Ukraine as Kerry visits

Mar 04, 2014 - 8:59 PM

UPDATED Kerry accuses Moscow of looking for a pretext to invade Ukraine and condemns Russia s intervention on the flashpoint Crimean peninsula as an act of aggression

IN KIEV. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 4, 2014. US State Department photo

US suspends military cooperation with Russia; Kerry to Ukraine

Mar 04, 2014 - 10:38 AM

UPDATED World markets plunged and oil prices spiked on fears of an all out offensive that would pit nuclear armed Russia against its Western backed neighbor

SHOW OF LOYALTY. A man waves Russian national flag outside the territory of the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Sevastopol, Ukraine, 03 March 2014. Zurab Kurtsikidze/EPA

Afghan civilian casualties rise as NATO pulls out: UN

Feb 08, 2014 - 5:38 PM

The deaths almost reached the record in 2011 said the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan The rise in deaths and injuries reverses the decline recorded last year

Afghanistan to free 72 prisoners who US says are insurgents

Jan 10, 2014 - 2:19 AM

The releases will further strain US Afghan relations as pressure mounts for the 2 countries to sign a long delayed security deal

Children among 5 Afghans killed in NATO airstrike

Oct 05, 2013 - 4:27 PM

5 civilians – including 3 children – were killed overnight in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan officials say

Karzai says US could keep 9 bases in Afghanistan

May 09, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Karzai said that he could allow the US to keep 9 military bases in the country as part of negotiations over a long term security pact with Washington

An A-10 Thunderbolt II taxiing down the runway of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, prior to takeoff Oct. 13, 2004. US Air Force file photo

NATO to bid farewell to Panetta, seeks new military chief

Feb 21, 2013 - 1:15 PM

Panetta 74 had expected to bow out earlier but his replacement Chuck Hagel has had a rough ride so far in the US Senate which has delayed a vote on President Barack Obama s nominee

NATO approves Patriot missiles for Turkey

Dec 05, 2012 - 8:12 AM

NATO on Tuesday December 4 approved member state Turkey s request for Patriot missiles to defend its border against Syria following a series of blunt warnings to Damascus not to use chemical weapons

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-countries meet on December 4, 2012 at NATO headquarters in Brussels to discuss Syria and Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to be deployed protectively on the Turkish-Syrian border. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

Turkey to ask for NATO support on border with Syria

Nov 20, 2012 - 8:14 AM

NATO said Monday November 19 it would urgently consider a request from Ankara to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey s troubled border with Syria as the EU announced its recognition of the new Syrian opposition coalition

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen talks to the media upon arrival to the EU Council Building prior to the start of a meeting of European Union defense ministers, on November 19, 2012 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO/THIERRY CHARLIER

Clinton to push Kosovo to step up EU, NATO integration

Oct 31, 2012 - 11:19 AM

Clinton will hold talks with Kosovo leaders to urge them to step up its efforts for EU and NATO integration in order to secure peace in the volatile Balkans region

CLINTON IN THE BALKANS. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks during a press conference at the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, on October 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Georgia votes in tense parliamentary polls

Oct 01, 2012 - 2:08 PM

Georgia voted on Monday October 1 in parliamentary polls with the ruling party facing a billionaire led opposition in a tense contest seen as a test of the ex Soviet state s democracy

More than 100 dead as violence stepped up in Syria

Jun 24, 2012 - 8:28 AM

More than 100 people were reported killed Saturday June 23 in violence across Syria as Turkey downplayed the Syrian shooting down of a Turkish plane while President Bashar al Assad formed a new cabinet with key posts unchanged

US missiles kill 15 in Pakistan: officials

Jun 04, 2012 - 2:57 PM

US missiles killed 15 militants in Pakistan s Taliban and Al Qaeda stronghold of North Waziristan on Monday June 4 the third drone strike in three days and the deadliest this year

Obama looks abroad, with eye on voters back home

May 21, 2012 - 10:11 AM

US President Barack Obama spent weekend summits trying to end one war in Afghanistan prevent another in Iran and save the global economy knowing that each crisis could impact on his reelection hopes

G8 SUMMIT. President Barack Obama hosts a working dinner in Laurel Cabin during the G8 Summit at Camp David, Md., May 18, 2012. Seated clockwise from the President are: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan, Prime Minister Mario Monti of Italy, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and President François Hollande of France. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)