NATO

  • Obama poised for new sanctions on Russia if no progress on Ukraine 24-04-2014 03:37 PM

    Tokyo/Donetsk: US President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was poised to impose new sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine, but there was a first, tentative sign that pro-Russian separatists were ceding ground. Under an international accord signed in Geneva...
  • Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked 23-04-2014 10:48 PM

    Kiev: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. Lavrov's comments came a day after US Vice President Joe Biden was in the Ukrainian capital with promises of support for...
  • Ukraine crackdown on pro-Moscow separatists gets off to a slow start 15-04-2014 05:01 PM

    Kiev/Slaviansk: Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all. Twenty-four hours after an Ukrainian ultimatum expired for the separatists to lay down...
  • Ukraine's east braces for anti-rebel operation as deadline passes 14-04-2014 04:38 PM

    Slaviansk: Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation. As the 9 a.m. (0600 GMT) deadline issued by authorities in Kiev expired, a...
  • Ukraine tries to clear pro-Russian rebels, reports dead on both sides 13-04-2014 05:53 PM

    Slaviansk: Ukrainian security forces launched an operation on Sunday to clear pro-Russian separatists from a police headquarters in the eastern city of Slaviansk, with Kiev reporting dead on both sides as it combats what it calls an act of aggression by Moscow. Ukraine faces a rash of rebellions in the...
  • NATO suspends cooperation with Russia over Ukraine crisis 02-04-2014 07:40 AM

    Brussels: NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea, and ordered military planners to draft measures to strengthen its defences and reassure nervous Eastern European countries. Foreign ministers from the 28-nation, US-led alliance were meeting for the first time since the Russian...
  • Norway ex-PM Jens Stoltenberg named new NATO chief 28-03-2014 11:06 PM

    The NATO decided on Friday to appoint Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general of NATO and chairman of the North Atlantic Council, in succession to Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Stoltenberg will assume his functions as secretary general from Oct 1, 2014, when the present NATO chief Fogh Rasmussen will step down, Xinhua...
  • NATO says its websites hit by cyber attacks 16-03-2014 11:12 AM

    Brussels: Several NATO websites have been hit by cyber attacks, but they have had no impact on the military alliance's operations, a NATO spokeswoman said. The attacks, which affected NATO's main website, came amid rising tensions over Russian forces' occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region where a referendum is to be...
  • NATO suspends joint mission with Russia 06-03-2014 12:27 PM

    NATO announced on Wednesday to suspend the planning for first NATO-Russia joint escort vessel mission to neutralise Syria's chemical weapons. "Russia will not be involved in the escort of the US vessel (Cape Ray)," which will neutralise Syria's chemical weapons, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was quoted as saying...
  • EU's $15 billion aid to Ukraine, outlines ways to escape global rift 05-03-2014 11:44 PM

    Paris: The building blocks of a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine emerged on Wednesday as top Russian and Western officials tried to defuse one of Europe's worst crises since the Cold War. The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine, and European and Ukrainian diplomats outlined ways...
  • NATO, Russia to have talks over Ukraine tomorrow 05-03-2014 12:05 AM

    The NATO alliance on Tuesday accused Russia of continued violations of its international commitments and Ukraine's sovereignty and said it will directly confront Moscow with the allegations during a special meeting. "We will engage with Russia in the NATO-Russia council" to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine's southern Crimean peninsula,...
  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin's 'declaration of war' 02-03-2014 09:44 PM

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade, creating the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cold War. "This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country," said Ukraine's Prime Minister...
  • NATO urges Russia not to escalate tensions in Ukraine 28-02-2014 06:57 AM

    Bruseels: NATO on Thursday urged Russia not to take any action which could escalate tension or create misunderstanding in Ukraine. "NATO has a long-standing partnership with Ukraine. Today we made clear that NATO stands ready to support democratic development, defence reforms, military cooperation and democratic control over the security sector,"...
  • Obama prepared to leave no troops in Afghanistan after 2014 26-02-2014 11:43 AM

    US President Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the United States will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House said on Tuesday. Obama said he had given the order to the...
  • India's decision on marines 'fruit of Italian firmness': Rome 25-02-2014 11:33 AM

    Hours after India decided not to prosecute two of its marines accused of killing Indian fishermen under the strict anti-piracy SUA law, Italy on Tuesday said the decision was the "fruit of Italian firmness". The decision not to "apply the anti-terrorism law was the fruit of Italian firmness", Italian Premier...
  • US moves to revive stalled Afghan peace talks: Officials 19-02-2014 02:21 PM

    The Obama administration is taking steps it hopes could lead to a resumption of peace talks to end the Afghan conflict, including reviving a proposed swap of Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay in return for a US prisoner of war. According to Western officials familiar with the matter, President...
  • Bomb blast in Kabul near NATO base, embassies 05-01-2014 07:06 AM

    Kabul: A bomb exploded in central Kabul on Saturday in a district housing several embassies and NATO's military headquarters, but no casualties were immediately reported, officials said. The apparent insurgent strike was the second of the day in Afghanistan after a NATO soldier was killed when six Taliban suicide attackers...
  • Hamid Karzai on 4 day visit, to arrive India today 12-12-2013 12:07 PM

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai will arrive in Delhi on Thursday on a four-day visit during which he is expected to press for supply of military hardware by India to strengthen the war-torn country's security ahead of the withdrawal of NATO forces by next year. He will hold talks with top...
  • Explosion near Kabul airport, no casualties reported 11-12-2013 10:26 AM

    Kabul: A heavy explosion was heard near Kabul airport in Afghanistan early on Wednesday morning. There have been no reports of casualties yet. The nature of the explosion is not clear so far. "Based on our information there was a explosion near KAIA," said deputy Kabul police chief Sayed Ghafar...
  • Imran Khan's party blocks key highway to Afghanistan, NATO supply route 23-11-2013 09:11 PM

    Supporters of Imran Khan's party, on Saturday, blocked a key NATO supply route to Afghanistan to protest US drone strikes as the cricketer-turned-politician claimed the attacks had sabotaged the peace process with militants. The Ring Road, the main supply route for NATO container trucks, and the Torkham crossing on the...
  • Pakistan: Imran threatens NATO blockade in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 05-11-2013 12:04 AM

    Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, on Monday, threatened to cut the NATO supply lines in Pakistan's restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province from November 20 if the US drone strikes do not end. Khan said the killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike before peace talks could begin was proof...
  • 6 killed in suspected suicide bomb blast on Pakistan-Afghan border 02-10-2013 03:20 PM

    At least six people were killed in a suspected suicide blast on Wednesday in southwestern Pakistan's Chaman town on the Afghan border, media reports said. Several people were also reported injured in the explosion in the capital of Qila Abdullah district in the restive Balochistan province. The Pak-Afghan border was...
  • Afghanistan: Three US troops killed by Afghan wearing security forces uniform 22-09-2013 08:34 AM

    An Afghan wearing a security forces uniform turned his weapon against US troops on Saturday, killing three in eastern Afghanistan, officials said, in another apparent attack by a member of the Afghan forces against their international allies. The shooting took place in Gardez, capital of eastern Paktia province, Gen Mohammad...
  • Turkish warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter for entering its airspace 17-09-2013 08:48 AM

    Turkey said its warplanes shot down a Syrian helicopter on Monday after it crossed into Turkish airspace and the government warned it had taken all necessary measures to defend itself against any further such violations. Turkey scrambled two F-16 jets along the border between its southern Hatay province and Syria...
  • NATO oil tankers attacked in Pakistan 13-09-2013 02:28 PM

    At least nine oil tankers, carrying supplies to the NATO forces were destroyed in an attack in Balochistan on Friday, Pakistani media reported. The attack took place in Qallat district of Balochistan, Geo News reported. According to police, the tankers caught fire when unidentified motorcycle-riding attackers targeted them with rockets,...
  • Who is Pakistan's next Army chief after General Kayani? 13-09-2013 12:18 PM

    With Pakistan's powerful Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's term coming to an end in November, names of top Generals who are likely to succeed him are being discussed in the political circles and in the corridors of power in Islamabad. The appointment of the next army chief has gained...
  • Pakistan to free former Taliban second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar this month 11-09-2013 09:14 AM

    Pakistan plans to free former Afghan Taliban second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, this month to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign policy chief said on Tuesday. The United States and Afghanistan have long pressed Pakistan to free Baradar and other senior Taliban figures who could be used...
  • Obama set to lobby for support against Syria during the G20 meet 03-09-2013 10:40 AM

    America is scrambling for allies in it's anti-Assad campaign after it decided to opt for military intervention as Russia is still unconvinced that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons and the Arab League has ruled out unilateral strikes. US President Barack Obama is planning to lobby for support against Assad...
  • Series of explosions at US-Afghan base near Pakistan border, Taliban claims responsibility 02-09-2013 10:07 AM

    A group of suicide bombers attacked a US base near the border with Pakistan on Monday morning, leading to multiple explosions, a gunfight and the closure of a key road used by NATO supply trucks, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike in the Torkham area. In a...
  • Wanted to fight NATO forces in Afghanistan after 9/11, says Bhatkal 01-09-2013 12:45 PM

    Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal wanted to fight NATO forces in Afghanistan as an 18-year-old when the US launched its campaign against Taliban following the 9/11 attacks, investigators in New Delhi said. "Following the US attack on Afghanistan, he wanted to go and fight the allied forces there," said a...