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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: ‘Very sizeable’ Russian force massing at Ukraine border

‘Sizeable’ Russian force at Ukraine border: NATO (via AFP) NATO’s top commander, General Philip Breedlove, said Sunday there was a “very sizeable” Russian troop presence on the border with Ukraine and warned of a possible incursion into the Moscow-backed separatist territory of Transdniestr. “The force that…  …

Afghan civilians ‘killed in NATO airstrike’

At least ten civilians have been killed in a NATO airstrike on a pickup truck carrying women and children in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan provincial officials said Sunday. ISAF said 10 enemy forces had been killed in a precision strike in the Wattapur district of Kunar province Saturday, but that they…

Taliban gunmen attack Afghan presidential palace and CIA facility

KABUL — Taliban gunmen and bombers using fake NATO identification attacked an entrance to the Afghan presidential palace in the heart of Kabul on Tuesday, just a week after insurgent leaders opened an office in Qatar for peace talks. A nearby building known to house a CIA base also came…

Obama speaks to Afghan president three days after NATO strike kills children

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday spoke to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, for what officials said were regular consultations, three days after a NATO air strike killed 11 Afghan children. The White House announced the conversation, but would not divulge whether Obama mentioned the strike, which caused the latest of…

NATO air strike kills 10 children in Afghanistan: officials

A NATO air attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed 10 children, officials said Sunday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country. The children were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province bordering Pakistan late on Saturday.…

General Allen to retire and opts out of NATO top job

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that General John Allen will retire and not accept the top job at NATO, as he seeks to take care of his family after a 19-month tour in Afghanistan. “Today, I met with General John Allen and accepted his request to retire from the military…

NATO deploys Patriot as warplanes hit Syria capital

NATO declared that a Patriot missile battery went operational on Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday, as a watchdog reported regime warplanes launched raids on a Damascus district. Britain, meanwhile, pledged a multi-million dollar aid package to help Syrian civilians, nearly half of which would be channelled through agencies in…

Peace activists arrested in attempt to break into NATO headquarters

BRUSSELS — Hundreds of peace activists on Sunday tried in vain to break into the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels, with 483 of them arrested by police. The demonstration, organised by the Belgian association Action for Peace two months before a NATO summit in Chicago, was…

NATO must probe, pay for errors in Libya: Amnesty

NATO must investigate the killing of dozens of civilians during its air campaign in Libya last year and provide reparations to the people affected, Amnesty International said on Monday. “Adequate investigations must be carried out and full reparation provided to victims and their families,” said the rights group in a statement released one year after the first…

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