Archive for: March 2014

Afghan presidential candidate eager to keep U.S. troops

Abdullah Abdullah, who finished second in Afghanistan’s 2009 presidential election, is confident he can win enough ballots on April 5 to avoid a runoff and sign a deal “within a month” to keep U.S. troops in the country. “God willing, we will have an election which will purely reflect the outcome of Afghans votes and […]

Koreas fire artillery shells into each others’ waters

An official with South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said no shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange. North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other’s waters Monday in a […]

Ukraine: NATO boost military presence in Eastern Europe

NATO will strengthen relations with Ukraine and send more troops to Eastern Europe, the bloc’s outgoing chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said. The Ukrainian coup-imposed foreign minister is to fly to Brussels to take part in Ukraine-NATO talks. Days after seconding US President Barack Obama’s statements on “ensuring a regular NATO presence” in “vulnerable” countries, […]

Turkey PM Erdogan claims victory, warns rivals ‘will pay price’

Turkey’s Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory for his party in Sunday’s key local elections and warned his foes that they will “pay the price” for plotting his downfall. “Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed,” Erdogan said of a spate of damaging online leaks, addressing a jubilant crowd from the balcony of his party’s Ankara […]

Forgotten War: Libya could become terrorist staging post

Libya’s on the way to becoming a terrorist outpost for possible future attacks on Europe. The prospect has been raised by Libya’s former Prime Minister who came to power following the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime. He recently fled the country, where rival militias run rampant, and are in de-facto control of the state. Gayane […]

Top U.S. general to visit Israel amid “strategy differences”

The United States’ top military officer will visit Israel next week where he will meet the defense minister who has angered Washington by criticizing its strategies in the Middle East and Ukraine. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon in Jerusalem on Sunday, an Israeli […]

Hezbollah: Military pays dear price to keep danger away

Hezbollah said in a statement issued on Saturday that “the terrorist bombing that targeted a checkpoint for the Lebanese Army in Arsal is a new crime added this evening by the terrorist approach to its oversized record.” The party saluted the “precious sacrifices made by the military institution which keeps paying the lives of its […]

Putin calls Obama to discuss proposal for Ukraine

Russian president Vladimir Putin called Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a US diplomatic proposal for Ukraine and the US president told Putin that Russia must pull back its troops and not move deeper into Ukraine, the White House said. It was believed to have been the first direct conversation between Obama and Putin since […]

Fmr Norwegian premier Stoltenberg named new NATO chief

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has been named the new secretary general of NATO, the military alliance confirmed. He replaces the outgoing Anders Fogh Rasmussen. NATO said on Friday that “Mr. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as Secretary General,” beginning October 1. Stoltenberg’s appointment comes at a key time for NATO, which has seen […]

Obama seeks to reassure Saudi Arabia over Iran, Syria

President Barack Obama sought to reassure Saudi King Abdullah on Friday that he would support moderate Syrian rebels and reject a bad nuclear deal with Iran, during a visit designed to allay the kingdom’s concerns that its decades-old U.S. alliance had frayed. Flying by helicopter to the king’s desert camp, Obama underscored the importance of […]

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