March 7, 2006 |
The top military commander of NATO said yesterday that the drug trade posed a greater threat to Afghanistan than does a rekindled insurgency by Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters. Marine Corps Gen. James Jones, NATO's supreme commander, said he did not think that Taliban and al-Qaeda remnants could "restart an insurgency of any size or major scope," but that they were part of a "wider span of problems" that included the opium trade and rampant criminality. Last week, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, the Defense Intelligence Agency chief, said that attacks by Taliban and al-Qaeda forces had increased 20 percent in the last year.
October 10, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday extended authorization for the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for a year and welcomed the agreement to gradually transfer full responsibility for security in the country to the Afghan government by the end of 2014. A resolution adopted unanimously by the council also welcomed the government's "strong commitment" to develop a national security force under civilian leadership that can contribute to the region's security by stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan.
June 15, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - NATO resumed its air strikes Tuesday on the Libyan capital, blasting at least two targets just before midnight, after military leaders voiced concerns about sustaining the operations if the alliance mission drags on. The targets of the air strikes were not immediately clear, and there was no word about casualties. East of Tripoli, alliance aircraft have begun dropping leaflets warning Libyan government troops to abandon their posts outside Zlitan, just west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata.
June 14, 2001 |
In a closed-door meeting with his 18 fellow NATO leaders, President Bush picked up some allies yesterday in his effort to rally Europe behind a missile-defense plan. Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Britain all spoke warmly of Bush's plan, at least in concept, and in varying degrees, according to officials present. After months of skepticism and outright opposition from friend and foe alike, Bush took pleasure from the relatively warm reception.
May 29, 2011 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber wearing a police uniform blew himself up inside a heavily guarded compound Saturday as top Afghan and international officials left a meeting, killing two senior Afghan police commanders and wounding the German general who commands coalition troops in northern Afghanistan. Two German soldiers and two other Afghans were killed in the blast, the latest in an insurgent spring offensive. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred about a month before a drawdown of U.S. troops is to begin.
April 8, 1999 |
As fans chanted, "Stop the war, stop bombing!" and burned U.S. and British flags, a Greek soccer team played in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in a show of solidarity against NATO air strikes. Yesterday's game in Partizan Stadium ended early in the second half with the score 1-1, and players from both sides hugged before and afterward. Even the rowdy fans of 11-time Greek league champion AEK Athens and the Yugoslav team, Partizan, embraced before the opening whistle. "One wouldn't believe that in peacetime these guys would fight until death," said Goran Mihailovic, a stadium security guard.
June 18, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - Provoked by renewed daylight NATO bombing of his capital, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi raged against the alliance Friday, screaming his message and daring Western forces to keep it up. Gadhafi spoke in a telephone call that was piped through loudspeakers to a few thousand people demonstrating in Tripoli's Green Square, at the end of a day when NATO intensified bombing runs across the capital. State television carried the Gadhafi message live, then repeated it a few minutes later.
February 11, 2003 |
Laying bare a split with France, President Bush said yesterday he was disappointed with its role in blocking NATO from planning Turkish defenses in the event of a war with Iraq and said it would hurt the alliance. He might have wondered, "Lafayette, where are you?" Instead, he called the move "shortsighted" and urged the government of French President Jacques Chirac to reconsider. "I am disappointed that France would block NATO from helping a country like Turkey prepare," Bush told reporters.
June 11, 2004 |
President Bush conceded yesterday that it is unrealistic to expect NATO countries to send more troops to Iraq, but made a parting plea to world powers to do more to guide the Iraqi people to a stable democracy. "They need our help, and they will have our help," Bush said at the end of a Group of Eight economic summit where European allies expressed resistence to giving NATO an expanded military role. That means the United States and Britain will continue to provide the bulk of military troops in Iraq for now, although Bush said that over time, "the solution for Iraqi security is going to be provided by the Iraqis.
June 2, 1999 |
The more than 75 men and women who left this base yesterday to support NATO operations in Kosovo did not look as if they were headed toward a deadly conflict. Their expressions were gentle and relaxed yet firm. Just before takeoff, about 40 airmen of the 108th Air Refueling Wing - the first New Jersey National Guard unit called to active duty in the Balkans - cradled their newborns, joked with their families, then kissed their loved ones farewell. The airmen, whose mission is to refuel United States and Allied Forces fighter planes and other aircraft, then boarded a KC-135 Stratotanker to fly directly to an undisclosed location in Europe.