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September 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization selected Dutch Foreign Minister Jaap de Hoop Scheffer as its next secretary-general, replacing Britain's George Robinson, whose four-year term ends Jan 1. De Hoop Scheffer, 55, showed his diplomatic skills as his government supported the U.S.-led war in Iraq but avoided antagonizing its European opponents.
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November 24, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said he was counting on German troops to operate in any volatile part of Afghanistan if the need arises, and not just in the more peaceful northern sector. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made it clear Wednesday that Berlin did not plan to deploy troops to volatile southern Afghanistan. The 2,900 German troops in Afghanistan serve under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the north.
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February 11, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
NATO defense ministers agreed to expand the alliance's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan and will send troops into the western part of the country, Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said. The decision was made after Italy, Spain and Lithuania agreed to send hundreds of troops under NATO command to Herat and three other cities. The deployment will include 500 fresh troops and 400 from elsewhere in Afghanistan.
WORLD
July 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer warned Taliban holdouts and heavily armed opium dealers that they would not be able to thwart the alliance's expansion into the south. "Every party which tries to spoil this process in the south will feel the consequences," he said at a Kabul news conference. De Hoop Scheffer is in Afghanistan for two days to review the 26-nation alliance's move into the region, which has seen fighting surge between coalition forces and Taliban insurgents.
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October 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer called it a tragedy that NATO troops killed civilians in Afghanistan this week -- and privately told President Bush on a visit to Washington that militants used the civilians as shields. The deaths occurred Tuesday in the Panjwayi district of southern Afghanistan. NATO has said its initial reports found 12 civilians were killed. But Afghan officials have estimated between 30 and 80 died, including women and children.
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December 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
The European Union on Thursday began its biggest military operation, taking over NATO's peacekeeping mission in Bosnia with 7,000 troops. The operation is a major step in the EU's drive to develop a military arm, an initiative launched after the bloc failed to halt the war that tore Bosnia-Herzegovina apart in the early 1990s.
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February 13, 2005 | From Associated Press
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, taking a conciliatory tone, said at a security conference Saturday that the U.S.-European alliance could withstand its current differences, and urged unified efforts to defeat terrorism and deter weapons proliferation. Among those attending were United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and German Defense Minister Peter Struck.
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September 29, 2006 | From Reuters
NATO approved a plan Thursday to take command next month of peacekeeping across Afghanistan, after the United States pledged to add 12,000 troops to the force. Pentagon officials said the transfer of troops currently in Afghanistan's eastern region would entail the biggest deployment of American forces under foreign command since World War II.
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July 31, 2004 | Sebastian Rotella, Times Staff Writer
NATO ambassadors agreed Friday to dispatch a small military contingent to Iraq to train Iraqi security forces, but a dispute over the command structure of the force remained unresolved. Officials with the defense alliance announced in Brussels that a 40-member advance team would depart within days for Baghdad to prepare Iraqi staff for a NATO operation there. The alliance will begin training Iraqi forces outside the country in August.
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December 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she took European concerns about treatment of detained terrorism suspects seriously, and European foreign ministers said she "cleared the air" by assuring them that the U.S. does not allow torture and respects the Geneva Conventions. Rice gave no guarantees, however, that detainees would not be abused again. "Will there be abuses of policy? That's entirely possible," Rice said. "Just because you're a democracy, it doesn't mean that you're perfect."
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