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June 4, 2002
NATO is changing so fast that the question is not what it will do but what it is. At its inception, NATO had 12 members. Last week there were 19, plus a new junior partner, Russia. Though planned for years, the partnership with Russia still turns NATO upside down. NATO's reason for being was collective security, and that meant readiness to confront one enemy, the Soviet Union. . . . Now NATO has accepted former communist states . . . and is about to admit up to seven more countries, including former Soviet republics such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
NEWS
April 8, 2011 | By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers
AJDABIYA, Libya - Libyan rebels accused NATO of launching deadly air strikes on their forces Thursday outside the frontline oil town of Brega, signaling growing confusion in the military effort to thwart Moammar Gadhafi. Rebels blamed the attack on NATO planes, but the commander of the rebel army said it was possible that Gadhafi's air force had evaded the NATO-enforced no-fly zone. The midmorning attack killed at least five people, doctors said, and allowed Gadhafi's forces to fire artillery at the strategic city of Ajdabiya, although rebels later retook their positions outside the city.
NEWS
September 1, 2011 | LOS ANGELES TIMES
TRIPOLI, Libya - With Moammar Gadhafi's forces on the run, NATO air crews have continued to pound remaining loyalist troops outside Tripoli in such enclaves as Sirte, the longtime dictator's tribal stronghold 225 miles east of the capital. To some, the continued strikes again raise the question of whether NATO is acting as a rebel "air force" or is keeping with its U.N. mandate to protect civilians. NATO insists it has not taken sides in the Libyan civil war, supporting only the "Libyan people.
NEWS
April 25, 1999 | By Steve Goldstein, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
It is a time-honored tradition here at political dinner parties to gossip about the uninvited. At the golden anniversary NATO summit, much of the talk was about Russia, a sought-after guest that chose not to attend. What perfected the irony was that the grand assemblage owes its birthright to Russia. NATO was conceived in the state of alarm that arose after the 1948 Soviet blockade of Berlin. When the alliance was formed in 1949, State Department policy adviser George F. Kennan warned that the United States had overreacted and that the pact "amounted to a final militarization of the dividing line through Europe.
NEWS
May 16, 2012 | Associated Press
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - NATO on Tuesday invited Pakistan's president to next week's Chicago summit on Afghanistan, the strongest sign yet that Islamabad is ready to reopen its western border to U.S. and NATO military supplies heading to the war in the neighboring country. Pakistan blocked the routes in November after U.S. air strikes killed 24 of its troops on the Afghan border. The attack sent ties between Washington and Islamabad to new lows, threatening regional cooperation needed for negotiating an end to the Afghan war. The developments signal something of a rapprochement, but tensions are likely to bedevil what has long been a brittle relationship, scarred by mistrust on both sides.
NEWS
June 26, 2012 | By Selcan Hacaoglu, Associated Press
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey said Monday that it would push NATO to consider Syria's downing of a Turkish jet as an attack on the whole military alliance. The announcement came on the eve of a meeting by NATO's governing body to discuss the incident. Despite deep frustration among many NATO countries over the conflict in Syria, where the opposition says President Bashar al-Assad's crackdown on an increasingly armed popular uprising has killed 14,000 people, it's highly unlikely the military alliance will take armed action against the Arab state.
NEWS
March 13, 1986 | By Steve Twomey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Discrediting all the opinion polls, Spaniards yesterday voted solidly in favor of remaining in NATO, handing the Socialist government a victory in its effort to tie the country closer to Western Europe and avoiding the first exodus ever from the alliance. With virtually all of the country's 41,908 precincts counted this morning, 52.6 percent of the voters favored staying in NATO, while 39.8 opposed continued membership. The remainder of the ballots were either blank or voided. Just six days ago, opinion polls showed that the anti-NATO position - endorsed strongly by pacificists and communists - would win by several percentage points, but strong pleas by Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez clearly changed some minds.
NEWS
April 5, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
NATO's briefing yesterday on the air campaign against Yugoslav forces produced a welter of statistics about tents, supplies, meals-ready-to-eat and blankets for ethnic Albanian refugees. But even less hard data than usual were dispensed about the air strikes, apart from simplified maps, images of two targets struck, and generalized information about the campaign. This is the unapologetic policy of U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark, the NATO supreme commander who is running the show.
NEWS
April 27, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Frustrated at their inability to break the military deadlock in Libya and to stop the shelling of civilian areas, NATO commanders are expanding their air war by launching strikes against military command facilities and other regime buildings used by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his top aides. NATO said the escalation, supported by armed U.S. Predator drones, is meant to sever Gadhafi's communication and supply links with army units battling the rebellion based in eastern Libya.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | Associated Press
AJDABIYA, Libya - NATO launched news airstrikes yesterday on targets held by Moammar Gadhafi as the rebel movement urged a stronger air campaign to allow them to advance on Gadhafi's territory. A NATO official confirmed a strike on at least one ammunition bunker outside the Libyan capital, Tripoli. He asked that his name not be used because the military alliance was not yet releasing the information publicly. Libya's official JANA news agency reported airstrikes yesterday in three other places: Misrata, Libya's third-largest city; Sirte, a Gadhafi stronghold and home to the Libyan leader's tribe; and Aziziyah, about 22 miles south of Tripoli.
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May 5, 2013 | By Patrick Quinn and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Seven U.S. service members were killed Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans in Afghanistan in recent months and the latest of attacks against international troops since the Taliban announced the start of its spring offensive. The U.S.-led coalition reported that five international troops were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan, and a coalition spokesman, Capt. Luca Carniel, confirmed that all five were American. The coalition did not disclose the location of the roadside bombing.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | Associated Press
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's president got reassurance Tuesday that NATO intends to backstop his nation's security long beyond 2014, after NATO's chief endorsed keeping Afghanistan's security forces at the current strength for years to come. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the Associated Press that keeping the Afghan force larger for longer is more cost effective, and would be more acceptable to Afghans than foreign soldiers. He spoke after meeting Monday with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO is strongly considering a proposal to continue funding a security force of 352,000 Afghan troops through 2018, as part of an effort to maintain security and help convince Afghanistan that America and its allies will not abandon it once combat troops leave in 2014, senior alliance officials said Thursday. Such a change, if NATO endorses it, could increase the costs to the United States and allies by more than $2 billion a year, at a time when most are struggling with budget cuts and fiscal woes.
NEWS
February 17, 2013 | By Richard Leiby, Washington Post
KABUL, Afghanistan - President Hamid Karzai announced Saturday that he intends to ban Afghan ground forces from calling in NATO air strikes on residential areas - even though his country's fighters have had to rely on such air power in operations against the Taliban. "Our forces ask for air support from foreigners, and children get killed in an air strike," Karzai said in a speech at a military academy here, reinforcing his often truculent posture toward the U.S.-backed international coalition that has long supported his government.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Amir Shah, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - A NATO air strike struck two houses, killing 10 Afghan civilians and four insurgents near the Pakistani border, Afghan officials said Wednesday. President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, the latest in a series of civilian casualty reports that have raised tensions between the Afghans and U.S.-led foreign forces. The attack occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday during a NATO-Afghan operation in the Shigal district of Kunar province, a lawmaker from the area said. The U.S.-led military alliance in Kabul said only that it was looking into the reports.
NEWS
January 19, 2013 | By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
LONDON - As international military operations continued in Algeria and Mali, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged NATO on Friday to be more innovative and flexible so it can keep "relentless pressure" on al-Qaeda and be able to respond to a broad range of future security threats. Panetta was speaking as officials were still trying to sort out details in the kidnapping and possible rescue effort of hostage in Algeria. He said NATO nations must work together to help other countries beef up their security and ensure that terrorists can't establish safe havens anywhere in the world.
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Kevin Sieff, Washington Post
KABUL - When Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Washington this week, he will bring with him a list of complaints he has enumerated for months in public speeches - accusations that the United States has fomented corruption in Afghanistan and continues to violate the country's sovereignty. Karzai's top advisers say he has been forced to go public with that critique because meetings with U.S. officials here have yielded no progress on the issues he values most. Now he will share the list of grievances with an American president in the midst of disentangling the U.S. military from its longest war. The prospect of a diminished U.S. presence in Afghanistan hasn't dulled the tone of Karzai's critique, even though he claims to want a long-term American security footprint here.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Anne Gearan, Washington Post
BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO agreed Tuesday to send new American-made air defenses to Turkey's volatile southern border with Syria, a boost to an alliance member on the front lines of the civil war and a potential backstop for wider U.S. or NATO air operations if Syria deteriorates further. The military alliance's approval of Patriot antimissile batteries represents NATO's first significant military involvement in the 20-month-long crisis, even if it falls well short of rebel demands for help.
NEWS
November 25, 2012
Jaswant Singh is a former Indian finance minister, foreign minister, and defense minister, and the author of "Jinnah: India - Partition - Independence" In his victory speech on Nov. 6, President Obama affirmed that America's "decade-long conflict" in Afghanistan will now end. The line was greeted with prolonged applause - and understandably so. In fact, this ill-advised war has been grinding on for 11 years, making it the longest in American history....
NEWS
November 8, 2012 | By Elizabeth A. Kennedy and David Stringer, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Britain called on the U.S. and other allies Wednesday to do more to shape the Syrian opposition into a coherent force, saying the re-election of President Barack Obama is an opportunity for the world to take stronger action to end the deadlocked civil war. Also Wednesday, Turkey said NATO members - including the United States - have discussed using Patriot missiles along the Syrian border. It was unclear whether the purpose was to protect a safe zone inside Syria or to protect Turkey from Syrian regime attacks.
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