February 2, 2012 |
A U.S. proposal to step back from leading combat operations in Afghanistan by the middle of 2013 divided NATO on Thursday as some allies objected to being caught by surprise, and France suggested that the alliance completely end its involvement in fighting over the next two years. Germany, Britain and other NATO members complained in closed talks at alliance headquarters here that they had been blindsided by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who described the U.S. plan to reporters on his way to Brussels on Wednesday, according to a senior NATO diplomat.
December 5, 2009 |
Under strong pressure from the Obama administration, NATO said Friday that its members would add 7,000 soldiers to the 40,000 non-American allied troops already in Afghanistan. The new troop commitment, announced at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, includes about 2,500 soldiers who are already in the Central Asian nation, many of whom were sent for the recent elections and will stay on. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's secretary-general, told reporters at the alliance's headquarters that at least 25 nations would provide the additional troops next year, "with more to come."
September 29, 2009 |
Stepping into an intensifying debate in Washington, the new head of NATO said Monday that more allied troops are needed in Afghanistan to help train the country's security forces. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who took over Aug. 1 as NATO's secretary-general, said he agreed with an assessment last month by Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American and allied commander in Afghanistan, who emphasized the need to secure Afghan cities. "We have to do more now, if we want to do less later," Rasmussen said during a speech in Washington.
December 2, 2009
Though generally welcoming the promised buildup of American troops to Afghanistan, Europe is likely to present President Obama with a mixed bag of responses to his request that allies step up their own deployments. Some European leaders say that their countries are already stretched to the limit militarily and that growing public opposition to the war severely restricts their options. In France, headlines trumpeted President Nicolas Sarkozy's "flat refusal" to meet a reported request for 1,500 more soldiers.
September 29, 2010 |
President Hamid Karzai broke into tears Tuesday while delivering a speech in which he questioned the efficacy of the NATO military mission in Afghanistan and condemning an epidemic of violence gripping his country. In the same speech, the Afghan leader called on Taliban "compatriots" to lay down their arms. The government Tuesday named a nearly 70-member council to make peace overtures to the insurgency, whose leaders have rebuffed Karzai's appeals to come to the bargaining table.
May 17, 2011 |
Pakistani authorities charged that two NATO helicopters crossed from Afghanistan into their country's airspace Tuesday and exchanged gunfire with an army post near the border, injuring two soldiers just a day after a top U.S. senator and Pakistani officials agreed that Pakistan and the U.S. would cooperate in the war on terror. NATO helicopter incursions into Pakistani territory have occurred in the past, at times when coalition troops are pursuing Afghan Taliban fighters. However, the incursion Tuesday, if confirmed, occurred at a time when relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have plummeted to one of their lowest points in years, following the raid by American commandos that killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad on May 2. Pakistani officials were deeply angered by Washington's decision to carry out the raid without their authorization and have vowed to retaliate if any similar operation is carried out in the future.
May 28, 1989 |
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary here Monday and Tuesday with a meeting of the heads of government of its 16 member nations, is struggling with a major crisis--how to survive its own success. NATO's reason for being--its deep-seated fear of the Soviet Union--is receding in the face of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's bold, rapid moves to reduce arms levels. All of a sudden, the Soviet Union is accepting in principle NATO's demand to reduce the massive armies that have confronted each other across Europe's East-West divide since the end of World War II. So intense are the pressures these apparent concessions have generated inside NATO that President Bush has seemingly been forced to modify his go-slow, wait-and-see posture on arms control.
October 6, 2010 |
The NATO force on Wednesday acknowledged that its helicopters strayed into Pakistani airspace and fired on a Pakistani border post last week, apparently after mistaking warning shots for hostile fire from insurgents. The U.S. commander of Western troops in Afghanistan, Gen. David H. Petraeus, expressed regret and pledged to work with the Pakistani military and government "to ensure this doesn't happen again. " The Sept. 30 incident, in which two Pakistani soldiers were killed and four were wounded, sparked a furious reaction from Pakistan.
April 1, 2004
After seeing the picture of President Bush welcoming seven new nations into NATO on the front page of Tuesday's paper, I can't help wondering: Will we ignore their vote and counsel like we did the United Nations at our first disagreement with them? Our actions in Iraq have hurt us diplomatically and domestically. The current "scandal" about what was known before 9/11 will only reinforce our feelings of fear and keep the military firmly in control. Holly C. Violins Needles In his White House remarks welcoming the three Baltic states, among others, to the NATO alliance, Bush sought to align them in the cause against terrorists, saying they bring "a moral clarity to the purpose of the alliance" and that "tyranny for them is still a fresh memory."
April 30, 2011 |
Eight U.S. troops killed by an Afghan pilot earlier this week at a military compound at Kabul International Airport were all armed, according to a NATO statement released Friday, prompting more questions about how the pilot managed to kill them and a U.S. contractor and escape the room before dying of gunshot wounds. NATO and Afghan officials were still investigating the Wednesday morning shooting in which a veteran pilot, identified by his brother as Ahmad Gul Sahebi, 48, opened fire on foreign trainers during a meeting.