August 11, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Three NATO soldiers were killed Sunday in an attack by militants in eastern Afghanistan, the international coalition said. The soldiers, whose nationalities were not immediately available in line with policy, were killed in eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan, the alliance said in a statement, blaming “enemies of Afghanistan.” The violence came amid reports that at least 22 Afghans were killed by flooding near Kabul, the...
June 3, 2013 |
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to consult with his European counterparts this week about a possible North Atlantic Treaty Organization role training Libyan security forces as he attends his first meeting of the alliance's defense ministers, senior Pentagon officials said. Also scheduled to be discussed Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels are defending against cyber warfare and planning for the departure of combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of next year.
August 30, 2011 |
A message allegedly written by the leader of the Afghan Taliban predicts imminent victory as more foreign troops die and Taliban fighters better understand NATO tactics, acquire more weaponry, shoot down more aircraft and kill more senior officials. The lengthy statement released Monday, signed by Mullah Mohammed Omar, the movement's reclusive, one-eyed leader, follows President Obama's announcement in June that 10,000 American troops will leave this year. The U.S. drawdown is part of an accelerated withdrawal by foreign troops ahead of a 2014 deadline for transferring security to the Afghans.
July 5, 2011 |
With victory still elusive after 15 weeks of bombing, Western allies arrayed against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi are racing to crack his regime before their own coalition fractures. Even as Libyan rebel fighters begin to show improvement and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization increases airstrikes in the western part of the country, signs of friction have appeared within NATO. Members have expressed concern about declining munitions inventories and warned that the costs and stresses of the campaign cannot be sustained.
June 20, 2011 |
NATO officials admitted Sunday that the alliance was probably responsible for an airstrike in a densely populated Tripoli neighborhood that Libyan authorities said killed nine people and injured 18. The early-morning airstrike destroyed one apartment building, crushing residents beneath tons of debris while they were sleeping, Libyan authorities said. Half a dozen other homes on the normally quiet street were also damaged. NATO said "there may have been a weapons system failure which may have caused a number of civilian casualties.
June 19, 2011 |
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.