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NATO Fighter Jets Not Leaving Baltics Yet

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO fighter jets will continue to patrol the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia until 2018. A NATO official and officials from the Baltic nations announced the deal Wednesday. The three countries joined the NATO alliance and the European Union in 2004, but lack the resources to patrol their own airspace. NATO warplanes from various […]

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NATO Fighter Jets Not Leaving Baltics Yet

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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NATO fighter jets will continue to patrol the skies over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia until 2018. A NATO official and officials from the Baltic nations announced the deal Wednesday. The three countries joined the NATO alliance and the European Union in 2004 but lack the resources to patrol their own airspace. NATO warplanes from various […]

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NATO, Afghan and Pakistan Officials Meet for Border Talks

Posted February 8th, 2012 at 4:30 am (UTC-5)
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NATO, Afghan and Pakistani military officials are holding talks aimed at improving security along the Pakistan-Afghan border. The Pakistani army says Wednesday’s meeting will take place at a border coordination center and will be attended by the director-general of military operations, Major-General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed. The talks are the first sign of easing tensions following […]

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NATO Chief: Coalition Troops Will be “Combat-Ready” During Afghan Transition

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says coalition forces will continue to fight alongside Afghan forces as the security transition takes place in Afghanistan. Rasmussen said Friday while the United States, France and other NATO allies move from a combat to a support and training role in 2013, the shift will be gradual and not amount […]

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NATO Allies Discuss New Time Frame for Afghan Transition

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers, at a two-day meeting in Brussels, have joined the United States and France in calling for Afghan forces to take the lead in all combat operations in their country by 2013 — a year earlier than originally envisioned. NATO Secretary-General Anders-Fogh Rasmussen told the gathering he supports the new time frame, but […]

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NATO Allies Discuss New Timeframe for Afghan Transition

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers, taking part in a two-day meeting in Brussels, joined the United States and France Thursday in calling for Afghan forces to take the lead in all combat operations by 2013 — a year earlier than originally envisioned. NATO Secretary-General Anders-Fogh Rasmussen told the gathering he backs the new timeframe but stressed there […]

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NATO Ministers Look to Speed Up Afghan Transition

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO’s top official is backing a plan to hand over lead security responsibilities in Afghanistan to Afghan forces sooner than originally envisioned. But he cautioned there are no plans to leave Afghanistan early. NATO Secretary-General Anders-Fogh Rasmussen spoke Thursday, before entering a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. He said starting in mid-2013, Afghan […]

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NATO Chief: Afghan Roadmap Stands Despite US, French Announcements

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 8:15 am (UTC-5)
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NATO Secretary General Anders-Fogh Rasmussen says the coalition’s timeline for the security transition in Afghanistan still stands, despite recent announcements from the United States and France. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have each suggested the coalition should end its combat role in 2013, more than a year ahead of previous […]

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NATO Defense Ministers Discuss Afghanistan Withdrawal

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 4:10 am (UTC-5)
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NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels Thursday to discuss possible changes to the alliance’s strategy in Afghanistan, including ending combat operations earlier than planned. U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have each suggested the coalition should end its combat role in 2013, more than a year ahead of previous plans, […]

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Panetta: US, NATO Seek to End Afghan Combat Mission in 2013

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 5:15 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States and NATO will seek to end combat operations in Afghanistan in the second half of next year and switch to training and advising Afghan troops through 2014. Panetta made the comment Wednesday aboard his plane enroute to a NATO meeting in Brussels. He told reporters traveling […]

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