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Possible Russian withdrawal from Ukraine border: NATO

Limited Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine "may suggest" preparations for a withdrawal, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. "Late yesterday (Wednesday), we have seen limited Russian troop activity in the vicinity of the……

NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Crimea crisis

NATO said it has suspended all cooperation with Russia over the Crimea crisis and questioned Moscow’s claim to have withdrawn troops from near the Ukrainian border, saying it could not confirm any pullback. Just hours later the US Congress easily passed an aid package for Ukraine that includes sanctions against…

NATO declares October 31 end to Libya mission

NATO decided Friday to end its seven-month mission in Libya on October 31, despite calls from the country’s new rulers for air patrols to continue until the end of the year. Alliance warplanes would wind up the mission on Monday after flying more than 26,000 sorties and bombing almost 6,000…

World is safer 10 years after 9/11: EU, NATO

The world is safer today than in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks on the United States, with global terror groups weaker than 10 years ago, senior EU and NATO officials said Monday. A decade after Al-Qaeda traumatised the United States, the terror network has lost its leader, Osama…

Gates says no hasty U.S. troop cut in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday there would be no hasty U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Washington expected the same from its allies. Gates, speaking ahead of the start of President Barack Obama’s planned troop cuts in Afghanistan next month, said a “rush to the…

NATO blasts Gaddafi home town

BIN JAWAD, Libya (AFP) – Loyalist troops on Monday halted a rebel advance on Moamer Kadhafi’s home town Sirte, which was pounded overnight by coalition jets after NATO took command of military operations in Libya. An AFP reporter said rebels who for the past two days have raced westwards towards…

US remains military muscle in Libya campaign

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States stepped aside to allow NATO to run Libya no-fly operations, but the US military’s enormous strike power remains the real muscle behind the coalition effort. Having held back before plunging into a mission with ill-defined objectives, Washington took the reins Saturday of a coalition…

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