October 6, 2006 |
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Thursday took command of U.S. troops fighting insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, putting the Western alliance in charge of security across the country amid an increase in fighting. British army Lt. Gen. David Richards, NATO's commander in Afghanistan, called the transition historic for both the alliance and Afghanistan and said the transfer of U.S. forces to his command would not mean a reduction in capability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1994 |
Americans need to understand that ancient cultural divisions underlie today's military-strategic argument between the Clinton Administration and the East Europeans about where to "draw the line" in Europe, whether to bring Eastern European countries into the Atlantic Alliance (NATO) quickly.
January 20, 1991 |
In Muslim Turkey, which looks West from a tough and noisy Middle East neighborhood, Saturday was a time of counterpoint: the howl of war-bound American jets and shrill official silence to mark their passage. U.S. Air Force planes staged new strikes against northern Iraq from Turkey's Incirlik Air Base for the second day, according to Western diplomats and Turkish reporters at the base.
August 22, 1991 |
NATO foreign ministers took a tough line Wednesday with the Soviet Union, despite the collapse of the hard-line coup in Moscow and the reinstatement of President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
May 25, 1994 |
Russia said Tuesday that it will join NATO's new Partnership for Peace program for former East Bloc countries despite its earlier reservations, but it hinted that it still may seek some political concessions in return. At a meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense ministers, Russian defense chief Pavel S. Grachev told reporters that President Boris N. Yeltsin "instructed me that I should make it clear that Russia will join the . . . program."
October 21, 1990 |
Diplomats from Eastern Europe used to have a hard time getting inside the heavily guarded NATO complex. Now they are given up-to-the-minute briefings on the Persian Gulf crisis. "A year ago, just walking around NATO headquarters . . . would have been either illegal or certainly incredible," said Tibor Kiss, the Hungarian charge d'affaires in Brussels.
April 3, 2004 |
Resisting pressure from the Bush administration, Western allies told U.S. officials Friday that the increasing demands of their military effort in Afghanistan prevented them from currently considering a NATO mission in Iraq. A State Department spokesman denied that the stand was a disappointment. The United States expects NATO to have a role in Iraq, although the nature of its participation will be defined in future talks, U.S. officials said.
January 13, 1991 |
This country, a front-line American ally that has already paid a stiff price for its hard line against Baghdad, greets Secretary of State James A. Baker III today, fearful of war but officially unflinching in its support for the United States. What is less clear is whether Turkey would be drawn into ground fighting on a second, northern front. For the record, both Turkish President Turgut Ozal and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein rule out a second front.