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August 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
NATO's supreme commander in Europe launched a fact-finding mission in Macedonia to determine whether a cease-fire with ethnic Albanian guerrillas is durable enough to allow the deployment of 3,500 troops to collect rebel arms. U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph W. Ralston met with NATO officials already in the Balkan country as well as with Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski and other officials.
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April 23, 2013 | By Paul Richter
BRUSSELS - Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged nervous NATO allies to begin considering how they would respond if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons in its civil war. Though NATO officials insist they are far from any military involvement in the 2-year-old conflict, Kerry told officials of the Western military alliance Tuesday that they needed to “carefully and collectively consider how NATO is prepared to respond to protect its members...
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March 19, 1991
President Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia will become the first head of an East European country to visit the North Atlantic Treaty Organization when he appears in Brussels on Thursday to address the NATO Council, the group's governing body. NATO officials expect Havel to suggest the terms under which Czechoslovakia and other former members of the defunct Warsaw Pact might affiliate themselves with the Western defense alliance that was the pact's longtime adversary. Soviet President Mikhail S.
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April 4, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
KABUL , Afghanistan -- A NATO airstrike killed four policemen and two civilians on a rural road in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, Afghan officials said Thursday. Fazel Ahmad Tolwak, governor of Deyak district, said the four police had attended a memorial ceremony for a deceased villager Wednesday and, on the way back, gave a ride to several members of the Taliban and two members of Tolwak's family. The police let the Taliban off, while the civilians remained in the vehicle, he said.
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May 30, 1989 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
President Bush showed his egalitarian spirit at lunch Monday when Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens escorted him to a Royal Palace repast of turbot with herbs, pigeon with truffles, cheese, and almond pastry. Bush wanted Martens to lead the way, as the President would have done in Washington. "Presidents should go first," said Martens, emphasizing that Bush is a chief of state while the prime minister is only chief of government. "But this is not the White House," Bush responded, indicating that he thought the host should lead the way. Sticklers for protocol were also surprised at a breach of convention Monday morning by NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner, the official greeter.
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August 22, 2011 | By David Cloud
As forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi made a last stand in Tripoli, the U.S. believes that Kadafi is still somewhere in Libya, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. “We do not have any information that he has left the country,” Col. Dave Lapan said. U.S. aircraft are continuing to fly surveillance operations over Libya as part of the NATO effort to find Kadafi and other Libyan leaders, NATO officials said.  The operations include U.S. Predator drone aircraft, two more of which were deployed to Libya last week.
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October 19, 1993
Defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will meet in this German port city on the Baltic Sea starting today to ponder the future of the Western Alliance . In what is described by NATO officials as a "brainstorming" session, ministers will discuss possible deployment of peacekeeping forces in Bosnia, operations outside the traditional NATO area of concern, and enlargement of the alliance to include former East European Communist nations.
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May 1, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
On the first day of the Taliban's self-declared spring offensive, insurgents attacked in two Afghan provinces, killing more than half a dozen people, including a district council leader, and wounding another 20, officials said. Early Sunday, a 12-year-old suicide bomber struck at a bazaar in the Barmal district of eastern Paktika province, killing four people, including a woman and the chairman of the district council, Shir Nawaz Khan, according to Mohibullah Samim, the provincial governor.
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August 15, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Norway announced Friday that it has nominated former Prime Minister Kaare Willoch to succeed Britain's Lord Carrington as NATO secretary general. "The nomination is official," said Oeivind Oestang, spokesman for Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland. Willoch, 58, a conservative who was prime minister from 1981 to 1986, is the first publicly confirmed candidate to succeed Carrington, 68, who plans to step down next June.
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April 23, 2013 | By Paul Richter
BRUSSELS - Secretary of State John F. Kerry urged nervous NATO allies to begin considering how they would respond if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons in its civil war. Though NATO officials insist they are far from any military involvement in the 2-year-old conflict, Kerry told officials of the Western military alliance Tuesday that they needed to “carefully and collectively consider how NATO is prepared to respond to protect its members...
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August 23, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - A potentially serious rift has emerged in the way the Afghan and U.S. governments view "insider" shootings, instances of Afghan police and soldiers turning their guns on Western troops. Washington and NATO coalition officials have consistently said most of the shootings, which have claimed the lives of at least 10 U.S. service members this month alone, stem from personal disputes, stress, cultural differences and battle fatigue, with a small percentage of the assailants acting at the behest of the Taliban.
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October 6, 2011 | By David S. Cloud and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Members of the NATO military alliance parted company Wednesday over how quickly to halt the six-month bombing campaign in Libya, and the dangers of doing so if fighters loyal to Moammar Kadafi, the country's deposed strongman, are still engaged in armed resistance. Western and NATO officials said privately that the decision on when to cease the air war has become a source of friction in the alliance even as Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters that "we are close to completing our mission.
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August 22, 2011 | By David Cloud
As forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi made a last stand in Tripoli, the U.S. believes that Kadafi is still somewhere in Libya, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. “We do not have any information that he has left the country,” Col. Dave Lapan said. U.S. aircraft are continuing to fly surveillance operations over Libya as part of the NATO effort to find Kadafi and other Libyan leaders, NATO officials said.  The operations include U.S. Predator drone aircraft, two more of which were deployed to Libya last week.
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May 1, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
On the first day of the Taliban's self-declared spring offensive, insurgents attacked in two Afghan provinces, killing more than half a dozen people, including a district council leader, and wounding another 20, officials said. Early Sunday, a 12-year-old suicide bomber struck at a bazaar in the Barmal district of eastern Paktika province, killing four people, including a woman and the chairman of the district council, Shir Nawaz Khan, according to Mohibullah Samim, the provincial governor.
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April 9, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Rebel leaders in Libya said Friday that they must accept accidental deaths caused by NATO airstrikes as a consequence of international efforts to protect civilians. "You have to look at the big pictures. The benefits outweigh the damage," rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani said. "We have to accept these kinds of mistakes and hope not too many take place. NATO is important for us and has saved a lot of lives. " A NATO-led alliance is leading a battle to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's forces from harming civilians in several parts of the country, especially the rebel-controlled east, where pro-Kadafi forces and those opposed to the longtime ruler have been locked in a battlefield stalemate.
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December 12, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Taliban insurgents killed six members of the American-dominated international military force in southern Afghanistan in a single attack Sunday, Western officials announced. A news release from NATO's International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, the Afghan capital, gave no further details about the attack, or the nationalities of the service members killed. The New York Times, which has a reporter and photographer traveling with American forces in southern Afghanistan, reported that all six soldiers killed were U.S. troops at a remote outpost near the town of Zhari, in Kandahar province.
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May 1, 1999 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of holding the rebels at arm's length, the Clinton administration is now quietly considering the use of the Kosovo Liberation Army to help funnel food and other aid to refugees in Kosovo, say relief groups and U.S. officials.
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January 16, 1995 | From The Washington Post
The Clinton Administration will try to neutralize Russia's opposition to potential expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by promising this week to open a new dialogue about how Russia could someday be affiliated with the alliance, according to senior U.S. officials. The effort on NATO responds to Russian President Boris N.
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November 7, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Western military officials said Saturday they were investigating Taliban claims that an Afghan soldier shot and killed at least two U.S. troops, then escaped and defected to the insurgency. If this proves to be the latest instance of a member of the Afghan security forces turning his weapon on Western mentors, the incident comes at an awkward time. The eventual hand-over of security responsibilities to Afghan forces will be a major theme at a NATO summit in Lisbon this month. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization force confirmed that two Western service members were killed Thursday evening in the volatile Sangin district of Helmand province.
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September 27, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Pakistan on Monday strongly denounced airstrikes from Afghanistan-based NATO helicopters that killed more than 50 insurgents in Pakistan over the weekend, warning it would have to consider "response options" if it happened again. Though the U.S. routinely carries out unmanned drone strikes against Al Qaeda, Afghan Taliban and Pakistani Taliban militants in Pakistan's largely ungoverned tribal areas along the Afghan border, airstrikes from U.S. or NATO manned aircraft on targets in Pakistan have been rare.
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