NATO & EU Peacekeeping

NATO to endorse Afghan exit plan, seeks routes out

Published May 21, 2012 by Reuters
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(Reuters) - NATO leaders will endorse plans to hand over combat command in Afghanistan by mid-2013 on Monday and seek practical progress in opening routes to bring an international army of more than 130,000 back home from an unpopular, resource-draining war.

France eager to avoid Nato clash over Afghanistan troop withdrawal

Published May 18, 2012 by The Guardian
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French president François Hollande will move to avoid an international row over his controversial election pledge to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year when he meets Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, according to western officials.

Obama Hosts NATO, Focus on Afghanistan and Alliance Future Global Role

Published May 16, 2012 by Voice of America
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President Barack Obama welcomes NATO leaders to his home town of Chicago this coming weekend for a summit focused on Afghanistan, burden-sharing and other challenges facing the alliance.

NATO bolsters Kosovo force before Serb polls

Published April 26, 2012 by IOL News, South Africa
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Pristina - NATO began reinforcing its peacekeeping force in Kosovo on Wednesday, faced with the threat of unrest over Serbian plans to conduct elections in its Balkan neighbour four years after it broke away.  The first 250 German soldiers of a 700-strong reinforcement flew into Pristina airport, with the rest due to arrive by Monday before the vote on May 6.

U.S. and NATO Finalize Pacts on Ending Afghan War

Published April 19, 2012 by The New York Times
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BRUSSELS — The United States and its allies in NATO finalized agreements on Wednesday to wind down the war in Afghanistan, paving the way for President Obama to announce at a NATO summit meeting in Chicago next month that the unpopular, nearly 11-year-old conflict is close to an end.

Russia slams NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan

Published April 19, 2012 by The Associated Press
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia's foreign minister sharply criticized NATO's plan to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan by 2014, saying Thursday that coalition troops should remain in the country until Afghan government forces are capable of ensuring security.

Afghan Assaults Signal Evolution of a Militant Foe

Published April 17, 2012 by The New York Times
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WASHINGTON — Western military and intelligence officials acknowledged on Monday that they were surprised by the scale and sophistication of the synchronized attacks in Afghanistan on Sunday, seeing it as a troubling step in the evolution of the Haqqani Taliban network from a crime mob to a leading militant force.

Deal Close on Night Raids, U.S. and Afghan Officials Say

Published April 3, 2012 by The New York Times
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KABUL, Afghanistan — After years of insisting that American forces end covert nighttime raids on Afghan homes, President Hamid Karzai’s government was close to completing a deal that would give the Afghan authorities legal oversight of the raids, while allowing American forces to retain a guiding role in conducting them, officials from both countries said Tuesday.

US hopeful of reopening NATO supply routes from Pak to Afghanistan

Published April 4, 2012 by Times of India
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WASHINGTON: Amid a crucial review of Pak-US ties by Pakistani lawmakers, the US on Tuesday expressed the hope that Islamabad would soon open the crucial supply NATO route to Afghanistan.  "With respect to the ground supply routes into Afghanistan, we remain hopeful that those routes will be reopened in the near future, and discussions with the Pakistanis continue on a range of issues," Pentagon press secretary George Little said.

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