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.
April 8, 2011 |
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.
September 1, 2011 |
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.
April 25, 1999 |
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.
May 16, 2012 |
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.
June 26, 2012 |
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.
March 13, 1986 |
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.
April 5, 1999 |
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.
April 27, 2011 |
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.
April 14, 2011 |
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.