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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.
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June 11, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Stung by furious Afghan criticism of an air strike that killed 18 civilians last week, most of them women and children, the NATO force has agreed to refrain from aerial bombardment of residential buildings, a military spokesman said Sunday. The accord - reached Saturday night at a meeting between President Hamid Karzai and Gen. John Allen, the American who commands Western forces in Afghanistan - reflects a changing dynamic between the Afghan government and the NATO force.
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June 3, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - It was a risky but successful operation: British and other NATO forces stormed a cave tucked in the mountains before dawn Saturday and rescued two foreign female aid workers and their two Afghan colleagues being held hostage by Taliban-linked militants. Helicopters, flying under the cover of darkness, ferried the rescue team to extreme northeastern Afghanistan where they suspected the hostages were being held. After confirming the workers were there, they raided the site, killed several militants, and freed the hostages, ending their nearly two-week ordeal.
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June 2, 2012 | By Amir Shah, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - Taliban insurgents detonated a truck bomb, then tried to storm a NATO base Friday in eastern Afghanistan, but coalition forces repelled the attack, killing 14 militants, officials said. No foreign or Afghan troops were killed, according to NATO, but the attack showed the fundamentalist Islamic movement remains a resilient force even as Afghan President Hamid Karzai insists they do not have the means to retake the nation after foreign forces leave. In the last two years, the U.S.-led coalition has sent tens of thousands of troops into Taliban strongholds in the south and has largely succeeded in boosting security there.
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May 30, 2012 | By Sebastian Abbot, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S.-led NATO force in Afghanistan killed al-Qaeda's second-highest leader in the country in an air strike in eastern Kunar Province, the coalition said Tuesday. Sakhr al-Taifi, also known as Mushtaq and Nasim, was responsible for commanding foreign insurgents in Afghanistan and directing attacks against NATO and Afghan forces, the alliance said. He frequently traveled between Afghanistan and Pakistan, carrying out commands from senior al-Qaeda leadership and ferrying in weapons and fighters.
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May 28, 2012 | By Rahim Faiez, Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S.-led coalition on Sunday disputed reports that eight civilians, including children, were killed in a NATO air strike in a remote part of eastern Afghanistan. Afghan officials said an air strike Saturday night killed eight members of a family, but a senior NATO official said that so far, there is no evidence of any civilian casualties. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information. Both Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO commanders ordered an investigation into the reports, according to the New York Times.
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May 23, 2012 | By Tammy Webber, Associated Press
  CHICAGO - For activists, the NATO summit in Chicago served as one big stage from which to air a broad range of grievances - not just the war in Afghanistan or other actions of the 63-year-old military alliance. In their effort to maximize turnout, organizers were quick to welcome a wide variety of interests, including Occupy protesters, immigration groups, the nation's largest nurses union, and others. But after a week of protests and rallies, the all-inclusive mind-set raised questions about the strength and future of some of the nation's major protest movements.
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May 23, 2012 | By Matthew Lee, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Ryan Crocker, the unflappable diplomat who became the civilian face of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over two administrations, is stepping down as ambassador to Afghanistan and retiring from the U.S. foreign service after a storied tenure in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that the veteran envoy would leave his post in Kabul this summer because of health reasons she declined to detail. His departure comes a year earlier than planned after Crocker, 62, came out of retirement in 2011 to take the helm of the embassy at President Obama's personal request.
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May 22, 2012 | By Jonathan S. Landay and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers
CHICAGO - NATO leaders on Monday adopted President Obama's exit strategy from the nearly 11-year-old U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan, cementing an "irreversible" pullout of foreign combat troops that will leave Afghan security forces with the leading role in combat operations by the summer of 2013. "We are now unified to responsibly wind down the war in Afghanistan," Obama declared at a news conference at the close of the two-day summit in his hometown, while acknowledging that serious risks persist.
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May 21, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO - Two more men have been charged with planning to make explosives to be used during the NATO summit. Police would not say whether they are connected to three men in their 20s who were arrested in a raid earlier in the week and charged under the state's anti-terrorism statutes with planning to use Molotov cocktails during the summit. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, was arrested Thursday afternoon without incident at his home, according to a police report. He was charged Saturday afternoon.
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