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April 2, 2009 | Andrew J. Bacevich, Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. The paperback edition of his book, "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism," comes out in April.
When he visits Strasbourg, France, this week to participate in festivities marking NATO's 60th anniversary, President Obama should deliver a valedictory address, announcing his intention to withdraw the United States from the alliance. The U.S. has done its job. It's time for Europe to assume full responsibility for its own security, freeing the U.S. to attend to more urgent priorities.
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March 26, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
BRUSSELS - The crisis over Crimea has not restarted the Cold War but has revived a "contest of ideas" between belief in powerful leaders and in democratic ideals, President Obama declared Wednesday as he laid out his case for firm opposition to Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula. Speaking in this European capital as two decades of diplomacy on the continent unraveled, Obama cast the crisis as a fight between "the old way of doing things" and "a young century. " Obama dismissed as "absurd" Russian President Vladimir Putin's justifications for annexing Crimea and sought to gird Europe for a drawn-out dispute.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1999
Let's tell it like it is: Americans and NATO are involved in ethnic cleansing. I would like to see Slobodan Milosevic go--and quickly. However, two wrongs do not make a right, and right now NATO and the KLA are conducting a reverse ethnic cleansing campaign against the Kosovo Serbs (33,000 have already been kicked out). The idea of NATO and the KLA making up a United Nations peacekeeping force is an oxymoron. I have even heard that NATO intends to turn the KLA into a police force. The only hope the Kosovo Serbs have is that Russians or maybe the U.N. do something.
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March 22, 2014
Re "Not your father's Cold War," March 18 I agree with Jonah Goldberg that the West and talking heads are mistaken in their reactions to what's happening in Ukraine. For one, it is much more complex than any of us can see. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been canny in the way he has achieved his goals. He has truly befuddled the West. The same goes for members of the European Union. Goldberg is right that Europe essentially dismantled its military capability after World War II. NATO (meaning the U.S., the only member with a military large enough to serve as an effective deterrent against aggression)
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June 18, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
KABUL, Afghanistan -- An hour before NATO transferred formal responsibility for the nation's security to Afghan forces, a large bomb targeting a minority lawmaker exploded in western Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing three civilians and wounding more than a dozen others, police said. The intended target, Mohammad Mohaqiq, a prominent lawmaker and former Cabinet member from the minority Hazara community, survived the attack but at least four bodyguards in his convoy were wounded, said Gen. Mohammad Daud Amin, Kabul's deputy police chief.
WORLD
June 19, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
An apartment building in the middle of a densely populated Tripoli neighborhood was obliterated early Sunday, and Libyan officials blamed the explosion on a bombing raid by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Several witnesses among the angry crowd gathered outside the semi-collapsed building said they heard aircraft before the post-midnight blast. The blast occurred in the Arada Street neighborhood of the Souk Juma district, a sprawling community that is one of Tripoli's most populous.
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May 19, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
NATO's top official said Thursday that the air campaign in Libya had seriously damaged Moammar Kadafi's ability to fight and that continued military and political pressure would "eventually lead to the collapse" of the North African strongman's regime. But two months into its aerial campaign, there are signs of impatience within the alliance because Kadafi has managed to cling to power so long and concern that the confrontation could settle into a protracted stalemate unless NATO ratchets up its operations.
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November 21, 2010 | By Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
A NATO summit originally intended to allow members to signal an exit date for the unpopular 9-year-old war in Afghanistan instead concluded Saturday with an agreement leaving open the possibility that allied forces will remain in the unstable country for years to come. North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders gathered in Lisbon signed an agreement with the Afghan government to transfer primary security responsibility from the alliance to Kabul by 2014, as NATO gradually shifts focus to training, advising and logistics.
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November 18, 2010 | By Laura King and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
What NATO talks about when it talks about Afghanistan depends largely on who's listening. A series of carefully calibrated messages on the direction of the 9-year-old war, each aimed at a different audience, will emanate from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit beginning Friday in Lisbon. To a war-weary European constituency: There's an exit strategy. To a conflicted American public, whose troops are bearing the brunt of rising battlefield casualties: Things are going better militarily, but it will still take some time.
WORLD
August 31, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
With Moammar Kadafi's forces on the run, NATO air crews have continued to pound remaining loyalist troops outside Tripoli in enclaves such as Surt, 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 says it has not taken sides in the Libyan civil war, and has only supported the "Libyan people.
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March 4, 2014 | By Edward W. Walker
The causes of the unfolding crisis in Ukraine are many, but most fundamentally its roots can be found in an enormously consequential decision made by the United States and its allies in the early 1990s. Faced with a strategic challenge of constructing a new security architecture for post-Cold War Europe, the decision was made to embark on a program of gradual NATO expansion to the east. A first round of accession took place in 1999, with membership for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.
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February 26, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
BRUSSELS -- The U.S. and its European allies on Wednesday turned up the pressure on Afghanistan to authorize foreign troops on its territory after 2014, even as officials acknowledged that they may have to wait for President Hamid Karzai's successor to resolve the standoff. At the opening of a two-day NATO meeting, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned that all alliance troops serving in Afghanistan would follow the U.S. in withdrawing at the end of the year if Kabul refuses to sign an agreement with Washington.
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February 25, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan. A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court declared that protesters' ad hoc inspections of container trucks traveling into Afghanistan, which frequently barred trucks carrying NATO goods, were illegal and unconstitutional. Supporters of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, the ruling party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, had set up unofficial checkpoints along a highway passing through the provincial capital of Peshawar since Nov. 24 to protest U.S. drone strikes in the country's tribal areas.
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January 18, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban claimed Saturday that its devastating, commando-style assault on a popular restaurant was payback for a NATO airstrike that killed Afghan civilians, as officials raised the death toll in the Friday night attack to 21 people, including 13 foreigners. With Kabul's close-knit expatriate community reeling from the deadliest attack on Western civilians in the 12-year Afghanistan conflict, the Taliban, the U.S.-led NATO coalition and Afghan President Hamid Karzai renewed a war of words over civilian deaths that underscored the tension between Washington and Kabul as they haggle over a U.S. military presence in the country after 2014.
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January 4, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO soldier was killed Saturday when insurgents attacked a military base in eastern Afghanistan, officials said. Five insurgents launched the early-morning assault on a joint Afghan-NATO base in Ghani Khel, a district in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. One attacker detonated a Toyota Corolla packed with explosives at the entrance while four others tried to storm the base, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor. A 40-minute firefight ensued, and when it was over the militants lay dead at the scene, Abdulzai said.
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December 27, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan--Three international service members were killed Friday and at least seven civilians were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Kabul, authorities said. In an email sent to journalists, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to the International Security Assistance Force, the name given to the U.S.-led NATO forces in Afghanistan, the three died when the vehicle exploded nearby. Their names and nationalities were not immediately available.
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June 10, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times
Insurgents shot down a NATO helicopter in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday and killed four U.S. soldiers while another coalition service member died in a roadside bombing. The attacks made the first nine days of June one of the deadliest spans this year for Western troops mired in the nearly nine-year war against the Taliban insurgency. The five coalition service members were killed in the country's volatile Helmand province, part of the Taliban's heartland in the south and a key focus of President Obama's troop buildup aimed at crippling the insurgency and forcing it to negotiate an end to the war. So far this month, 29 coalition troops have been killed in Afghanistan, a rate of more than three deaths a day. Nineteen of those were U.S. soldiers, according to icasualties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2001
The attitude of NATO toward Macedonia is shameful ("NATO Vows to Support Macedonia," March 20). During the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia, Macedonia helped thousands of refugees from Kosovo, some of whom stayed there and are still part of the Albanian minority. Furthermore, Macedonia gave airports and military bases to support NATO. Macedonia is a poor, democratic country with a small and badly equipped army. Why doesn't NATO want to help Macedonia when the stability of the region is threatened by ethnic Albanian terrorists (KLA)
WORLD
December 23, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan - Two NATO service members were killed in Afghanistan on Monday after coming under fire by enemy forces in separate incidents, officials with the U.S.-led military coalition said. The International Security Assistance Force, as the coalition is known, didn't immediately provide details or the nationalities of the soldiers who were killed. Officials said only that one of the fatal incidents occurred in eastern Afghanistan and the other in the south. Sarhadi Zowak, a spokesman for the governor of eastern Afghanistan's Laghman province, confirmed that Afghan forces were carrying out a military operation in the district of Alingar, but he could not confirm the causality.
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December 23, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A NATO service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday after coming under direct fire by enemy forces, officials said. A statement from the U.S.-led coalition, known as the International Security Assistance Force, didn't provide other details or the nationality of the soldier who was killed. [Updated 8:40 a.m. PST, Dec. 23: Another North Atlantic Treaty Organization service member was killed in a direct-fire attack in southern Afghanistan, the coalition said without providing details.
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