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Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

Vilnius - NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation.

Denmark could face attack if joins NATO shield: Russian ambassador

Copenhage - Russia's ambassador to Denmark said Saturday that the NATO country's navy could be targeted by nuclear missiles if it joins the Western alliance's anti-missile shield.

NATO allies come to grips with Russia's 'hybrid warfare'

Riga - NATO allies are scrambling to protect vulnerable Baltic partners from the threat of hybrid warfare, a Russian tactic that officials and experts say is based on deception rather than formal declaration of war.

Commission chief Juncker calls for EU army

Berlin - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday called for the creation of an EU army in the wake of rising tensions with Russia.

Estonia shows off NATO ties at celebrations on Russian border

Narva - Estonia marked its independence day Tuesday with a military parade featuring NATO hardware and troops on its eastern border with Russia amid heightened east-west tensions over Ukraine.

Poland kicks off unprecedented military spending spree

Warsaw - Looking east to the bloody conflict gripping Ukraine, NATO-member Poland has kicked off an unprecedented military spending spree worth billions to overhaul its forces as Warsaw believes peace in Europe is no longer a given.

NATO agrees to boost defences after Russian 'aggression'

Brussels - NATO agreed Thursday to dramatically boost its defences with six command centres in eastern Europe and a spearhead force of 5,000 troops, to counter what the alliance called Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Lessons from the EU’s unlikely success in the war against piracy

Brussels - Remember how just a few years ago one of the most pressing issue to world peace and security seemed to be the sundry band of pirates off the coast of Somalia that was wreaking havoc across the Gulf of Aden by pillaging and plundering trade lanes?

NATO to boost eastern defences after Russian 'aggression'

Brussels - NATO was set Thursday to agree a major boost to its defences including six bases in eastern Europe and a spearhead force of 5,000 troops in response to what it called Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Greece defence minister reassures NATO over Russia ties

Brussels - Greece's new government remains committed to its NATO role despite close ties with Russia that have worried its allies, Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told AFP on Wednesday.

French general describes 'horror' of Spain jet crash

Paris - A French general on Thursday described the scene of horror that unravelled in Spain when an F-16 Greek fighter jet experienced a technical failure on take-off and crashed into pilots and mechanics on the ground.

Probe after 11 die in NATO training jet crash in Spain

Madrid - Investigators were probing Tuesday how a fighter jet crashed during elite NATO training exercises at an air force base in Spain, killing 11 military personnel and leaving others with serious burns.

Ten dead, 13 injured in Greek fighter jet crash in Spain

Madrid - A Greek fighter jet crashed Monday on takeoff at a military airbase in Spain housing a NATO training centre for elite pilots, killing at least 10 people and injuring 13, the defence ministry said.

Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war

Kabul - The Taliban responded scornfully Monday to the formal end of NATO's war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a "fire of barbarism and cruelty" that had drowned the country "in a pool of blood".

Baltics up defence spending as Russia buzzes borders

Riga - Russia's meddling in Ukraine has delivered a wake-up call on defence spending to small Baltic states which spent half a century under Soviet occupation and now fear the Kremlin's territorial ambitions.

NATO reviewing Iraq request to help build up military

Brussels - NATO is reviewing an Iraqi request for help building up its military as the government struggles to beat back extremist Islamic State (IS) jihadists, the alliance said Thursday.

Op-Ed: Vladimir Putin — Russian man of mystery

Moscow - Sometimes Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be reading from the same script as Mike Myers when he playfully imitated James Bond as “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

NATO ministers boost support for Ukraine

Brussels - NATO foreign ministers approved fresh support for Ukraine and condemned Russia Tuesday for backing pro-Moscow rebels as the alliance signed off on its new training mission in Afghanistan.

Ukraine's NATO hopes still a long way off

Kiev - For the first time, a majority of Ukrainians support the idea of joining NATO and the president this week spoke of putting the idea to a popular vote, but experts say it still remains a distant dream.

U.S. troops to stay in Poland, Baltics through 2015: General

Vilnius - U.S. troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 "to deter Russian aggression", the top US commander for Europe said on Sunday.

Ukraine coalition agrees to make NATO membership a priority

Kiev - Ukraine's pro-Western political parties on Friday agreed to make joining NATO a priority in a coalition deal that will give them a parliamentary majority.

NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

Tallinn - NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis.

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country.

Op-Ed: Close encounters of the Cold War kind

Moscow - NATO has confirmed Russian tanks have crossed into the eastern Ukraine as Moscow declares it is sending its bombers to Western borders as it did during the Cold War.

EU says Ukraine rebel vote risks 'closing' window for peace

Brussels - Elections held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine threaten to close the "window of opportunity" for a peaceful solution to the bloody crisis, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.

Russian warplanes send 'great power' message: NATO

Washington - Russia's recent military flights into European airspace are meant to demonstrate to the West that the country is a "great power," NATO's supreme allied commander said on Monday.

Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Brussels - Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters -- the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days.

Op-Ed: Putin's Russian victimhood on Voice of America

Western media both expose, but often just report, Putin's Russian victimhood propaganda claims, while poor management at Voice of America and insufficient funding from Congress prevent U.S. broadcaster from effectively countering Kremlin's disinformation.

Germany regrets 'mistakes' in Afghanistan mission

Berlin - Germany's foreign minister said Sunday that Berlin had made serious mistakes in its military engagement in Afghanistan since 2001 and warned against a hasty withdrawal.

Turkey plea for Syria buffer zone meets cool response

Istanbul - A proposal by Turkey for a buffer zone inside Syria has met with a guarded response from the international community, despite being a key condition for Ankara to step up its support for the fight against jihadists.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai gives a speech at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan
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Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Around 24 NATO supply trucks were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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