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Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal

The United States and the Taliban have resolved differences in peace talks over the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan and guarantees from the insurgents that they will cut ties …


Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion

The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the “spirit of alliance,” the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to …


Location of US nuclear weapons in Europe accidentally revealed in report from NATO body

A recently released - and subsequently deleted - document published by a NATO-affiliated body has sparked headlines in Europe with an apparent confirmation of a long-held open secret: U.S. nuclear …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 11:14 a.m.

Russian planes continue to deliver S-400 parts to Turkey

Turkey hopes to co-produce high-tech weaponry systems with Russia in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, further defying its NATO ally the United States, which has warned the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 6:03 p.m.

U.S. deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

The United States is edging closer to crisis with NATO ally Turkey, now that it has started receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration …


Bulgaria’s government to buy 8 new F-16s from US

Bulgaria’s government gave the go-ahead Wednesday for the purchase of eight new F-16 fighters in a bid to replace its aging Soviet-built jets and bring its air force in line …


US gets no commitment from NATO for help on Iran threat

NATO allies gave the U.S. no firm commitments that they will participate in a global effort to secure international waterways against threats from Iran, acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper said …


NATO to endorse measures against Russia over missile treaty

NATO defense ministers are set to endorse a list of measures that could be used against Russia should it refuse to comply with a major Cold War-era missile treaty, the …


US issues Turkey new warning over Russian missile purchase

The U.S. envoy to NATO said Tuesday that Turkey will be axed from the high-tech F-35 fighter jet program if it goes ahead with plans to buy Russian S-400 air …


British air force jets in Estonia intercept Russian jets

Britain’s Royal Air Force said Monday that two of its jets deployed in Estonia have been scrambled twice in recent days to intercept Russian aircraft.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Trump: US sending 1,000 more troops to ally Poland

President Donald Trump says he is considering moving about 2,000 additional U.S. troops into Poland from Germany or elsewhere in Europe.


Anne Applebaum: ‘America First’ has NATO feeling uneasy

If NATO were an old-fashioned sort of alliance, President Trump’s language might not matter. But NATO is a defensive alliance: It exists not to attack but to deter, precisely so …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Russia, Serbia blame NATO for Kosovo tensions

Russia and its traditional ally Serbia are blaming NATO and the European Union for the recent increase in tensions in Kosovo which saw local police launch a raid in the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

Serbian troops on full alert after Kosovo police arrests

Serbia put its troops on full alert Tuesday after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, firing tear gas and arresting about two dozen people in what they called …


New US commander in Europe amid NATO worries and tensions

The United States is installing new military leadership in Europe at a moment of heightened worries about Russian aggression, doubts about the future of arms control and rising tensions among …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 5 p.m.

US forces: 3 American service members, 1 US contractor killed in roadside bombing near main US air base in Afghanistan

U.S. forces in Afghanistan say three U.S. service members and a contractor have been killed in a roadside bombing near the main American air base in the country. The Taliban …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

Macedonia takes big NATO membership step as key text signed

The small Balkan country of Macedonia took a big step Wednesday toward becoming the 30th member of NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance.


Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships in dispute with Russia

The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen …


Opponents of Macedonia name change cheer low voter turnout

A referendum on changing the nation of Macedonia’s name to North Macedonia to pave the way for NATO membership attracted tepid voter participation Sunday, a blow to the prime minister …


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump can shut down his Russia critics with one bold move

If President Trump wants to shut down the critics of his performance this week in Helsinki and strengthen U.S. national security, he can do so with one bold move: Announce …


David Von Drehle: How can you forget?

Lately, I can’t shake the image of a young man on a battlefield in France or the South Pacific. It’s 1944. He’s dying – one more incremental death amid the …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s foreign policy smashes our defining ideals

Setting aside the issue of whether the president is wittingly advancing the interests of a hostile power – a qualification that is only imaginable in the Trump era – what …


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump isn’t attacking NATO. He’s strengthening it.

As President Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in …


Trump’s claim that NATO will boost defense spending disputed

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Donald Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into frenzied emergency …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany

Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany’s ties to Russia and openly questioning …


Trudy Rubin: NATO allies fear Trump will kick them, hug Putin

The reasons why patriotic Americans should worry about the president’s two upcoming summits – with NATO leaders and then with Vladimir Putin – were on full view last week. The …


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

European peace activists march against Trump’s NATO visit

European activists are protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s upcoming appearance at NATO, marching through Belgium’s capital to plead for less military spending and more public money for schools and clean …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Trump to meet with Putin in Finland next month after NATO gathering

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin firmed up plans Thursday to meet in Helsinki next month for a closely watching sit-down that will play out just days after …


James Stavridis: Trump is crumbling the transatlantic bridge

Over the past few days, our nation’s volatile president attended two summits – one in Canada with America’s closest allies, friends and partners; and the other in Singapore with a …


Pompeo dives into NATO diplomacy as allies confront Russia

Less than 24 hours after assuming his post, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plunged Friday into NATO diplomacy as the allies sought to toughen their response to Russian interference …