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U.S. Troop Cut Won’t Impact Mission in Afghanistan-US General

By Phil Stewart KABUL, July 8 – President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw roughly 1,400 U.S. troops from Afghanistan won’t adversely impact America’s mission there, a top general said before arriving in Kabul on Friday, adding that some jobs could be done from abroad. Obama on Wednesday shelved his plans to cut the U.S. force

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Istanbul Airport Bombers Were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish Official

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, June 30 – Three suspected Daesh suicide bombers who killed 43 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul’s main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on one of the world’s busiest airports, a hub at

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Brexit Casts Doubt Over New EU and NATO Defence Strategy

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, June 28 – Britain’s departure from the European Union risks undermining Europe’s new defence strategy, days before NATO and EU governments sign a landmark pact to confront a range of threats from Russia to the Mediterranean, officials say. The European Union and the United States plan to use two separate EU

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Russia Secures Energy Deals, Talks Security With China as Putin Visits

By Denis Dyomkin BEIJING, June 25 – Russia and China sealed a raft of energy deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing on Saturday, strengthening economic ties while pledging to preserve the strategic balance of power among nations. The deals involve the sale of stakes in a number of Russian projects to Chinese firms,

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Daesh Suspects Held in Turkey Over Transgender Attack Plot: Dogan

ISTANBUL, June 22 – Three suspected Daesh militants were arrested in Istanbul late on Tuesday after a tip-off they had planned an attack on a transgender march, Dogan News Agency said. The suspects – one Turkish national and two from Russia’s volatile Dagestan – were ordered held in custody pending formal charges by an Istanbul court,

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Afghan Lawmakers Approve Defense, Intelligence Chiefs Ahead of NATO Summit

KABUL, June 20 – The Afghan parliament approved President Ashraf Ghani’s choices for defense minister and intelligence chief on Monday, ensuring continuity in command at a time when the Taliban insurgency has intensified and more U.S. troops are preparing to go home. Parliament approved General Abdullah Khan Habibi as new defense minister, to replace Masoom Stanekzai,

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Massive Cyber Attack Could Trigger NATO Response: Stoltenberg

BERLIN, June 16 – A major cyber attack could trigger a collective response by NATO, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview published by Germany’s Bild newspaper on Thursday. “A severe cyber attack may be classified as a case for the alliance. Then NATO can and must react,” the newspaper quoted Stoltenberg as

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NATO to Keep Broad Presence in Afghanistan: Alliance Chief Stoltenberg

By Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, June 15 – NATO allies will maintain troops across Afghanistan, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday, as the United States considers whether to reduce its presence there. “With a regional presence, we will continue to advise, train and assist the Afghan national forces because we are very committed to continuing

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Carter Says Daesh Used Manbij to Plot Against U.S., Europe, Turkey

SINGAPORE, June 2 – Daesh fighters have used the northern Syrian city of Manbij as a base to hatch plots against Europe, Turkey and the United States, necessitating a U.S.-backed offensive against it, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday. U.S. officials disclosed to Reuters this week that thousands of U.S.-backed fighters in Syria

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