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NATO withdraws Afghan ministry staff after shooting

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan governmentministries after two of its advisors were shot dead within the interior ministry, as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day. Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at a US-run military…

NATO says found Afghan children dead after air strike

KABUL (Reuters) – NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Monday they found the bodies of dead children after a coalition air strikethat has enraged the Afghan government, and said their deaths may have been linked to an anti-insurgent operation in the area. The air strike took place last Wednesday near the village of…

Cash-strapped Europe struggles to up military might

MUNICH, Germany — With little cash to spare for their armed forces, Europeans must deepen military cooperation after incessant US pressure urging old allies to start pulling their own weight. A parade of world defence leaders and experts meeting at the Munich Security Conference issued stark warnings about Europe’s place…

NATO discusses US plans to end Afghan combat mission

NATO allies discuss Thursday US plans to end combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013 and shift to a training mission, as the alliance seeks to wind down a war that has dragged on for a decade. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta set out the goal as he arrived in Brussels…

NATO sticks to 2014 Afghan pullout despite early French exit

BRUSSELS — NATO is committed to plans to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the alliance chief said Monday after France decided to end its fighting role a year earlier. “We stick to the roadmap that was outlined at the NATO summit in Lisbon in November…

Afghan night raid sparks anti-U.S. protest

KABUL — Hundreds of people took to the streets in a town in northeastern Afghanistan Thursday in protest over a night raid by Afghan and NATO forces that allegedly killed six civilians, an official said. A woman and a child were among the dead in the air and ground raid…

Pakistan insists air strikes were deliberate

WASHINGTON — Pakistan stood firm Thursday in charging that US-led forces deliberately carried out air strikes that killed 24 soldiers and led Islamabad to shut critical NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. Pakistan’s embassy in Washington invited reporters to a briefing at which officials showed images and maps that they said…

NATO to halt Iraq mission at year-end

LONDON — NATO will withdraw its Iraq training mission at year-end after Baghdad refused to grant it legal immunity, Iraq’s top security adviser said on Sunday, mirroring the nearly-complete pullout of US forces. The decision, which “surprised” Iraq, means NATO’s troops will depart in the coming weeks for the same…

U.S. vacates air base in Pakistan to meet deadline

QUETTA, Pakistan — The United States on Sunday vacated a Pakistani airbase following a deadline given by Islamabad in the wake of anger over NATO air strikes last month that killed 24 soldiers, officials said. Pakistan’s military said in a statement that the last flight carrying US personnel and equipment…

Clinton begins five-nation Europe tour

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left on Sunday for a five-day European trip which will take in a key international conference on the future of Afghanistan. Clinton’s trip starts in the German city of Bonn where she will lead the US delegation to Monday’s conference, which aims…

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