Archived posts with tag ‘NATO’

Danger Room: Insider Attacks Now Biggest Killer of NATO Troops

Rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their weapons on their allies are now the leading cause of death for NATO troops. On Aug. 28 a man wearing an Afghan army uniform opened fire on Australian soldiers in the southern province of Uruzgan, killing three and wounding two.

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Cartoon Movement: Chicago is My Kind of Town

In May thousands of protesters took to the streets of Chicago during the NATO summit. Artist Luke Radl takes us through the street protests from an on-the-ground perspective in his comic Chicago is My Kind of Town, published at Cartoon Movement. The comic employs numerous multimedia elements embedded within its pages, allowing readers to explore it at their own pace.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE United States & Europe The United States unveiled a major refocus in defense policy last week: a shift away from Europe via a major withdrawal of personnel and material from the continent as the U.S. redirects toward Asia. The shift had been trailed for as long as a year with U.S. involvement [...]

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Danger Room: The Tech That Took Out Gadhafi

With rebel forces in Tripoli and Moammar Gadhafi on the run, the end could be near for the Libyan civil war. Sporadic fighting continues in the capital city of the oil-rich North African nation, NATO warplanes are still patrolling overhead, and there’s always the danger of Gadhafi true-believers launching a fresh insurgency. But already, Western analysts are weighing the lessons of the six-month-long conflict. “Modern air power is the key force that is directly leading to the overthrow of the Gadhafi regime,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula concluded. True, but a host of other cutting-edge technologies, and a few decidedly low-end ones, also played critical roles.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

by PETER VINE Libya As the battle for Tripoli looms, France has begun air-dropping assault rifles, machine guns, RPGs and even Milan anti-tank missiles to rebels in the mountains south of the Libyan capital. Whether this fits U.N. Resolution 1973 is a serious debate, with France insisting that it is simply arming civilians to protect [...]


Danger Room: Drone Copter is NATO’s First Combat Casualty in Libya

NATO has suffered its first apparent combat casualty of the three-month-old war in Libya. And it’s a robot.

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Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

A collection of small to medium nations forever cutting back on defense budgets and simply unable rather than unwilling to take part in major operations, due to a lack of kit and major munitions shortages. That’s how U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates described NATO this week in a major valedictory speech.


NATO Defense Spending Comparison


Peter’s Atlantic Round-Up

America in Europe
The United States is to push on with cuts to its forces stationed in continental Europe. Plans call for a gradual reduction of American forces in Europe from 42,000 to 37,000. This cut is smaller than what previous defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld had called for, but more than what service chiefs want.

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Danger Room: Attack Helos in Libya Mean Deadly Days Ahead — For Everyone

The two-month-old civil war in Libya is about to get a lot deadlier, for both sides.


The Diplomat: NATO Counters Taliban Intimidation

The Taliban come at night to Afghanistan’s contested districts. They seek out residents suspected of cooperating with the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force and the Afghan government. The Talibs leave written notes — “night letters,” they’re called — warning the accused against further collaboration.

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NATO Ambassador to Afghanistan Mark Sedwill Speaks Out

Mark Sedwill, NATO’s ambassador to Afghanistan, generously took the time to answer questions from select reports at Atlantic Community. I asked my question on behalf of World Politics Review.

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