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Nato forces kill 5 US troops in Afghanistan

Nato forces kill 5 US troops in Afghanistan

Five American soldiers have been killed accidentally by their own side in southern Afghanistan, US military sources have confirmed. An Afghan soldier and an interpreter also died in the Nato air strike after Monday's operation in Zabul province Afghan officials say coalition forces called in air support when they were attacked by the Taliban at...

Russia alarmed over US-Nato military moves

Russia alarmed over US-Nato military moves

Moscow has voiced concern over an "unprecedented" increase in US and Nato military activity near Russian borders, amid an escalating crisis in Ukraine. Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told US counterpart Chuck Hagel in a phone call to "tone down the rhetoric". But the US said Shoigu also pledged Russia would not invade Ukraine. Pro-Russia activists...

5 Nato troops die in Afghanistan helicopter crash

5 Nato troops die in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Five Nato troops have been killed after a UK helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said. Officials said they were investigating the circumstances of the crash but have not confirmed the nationalities of those on board. The helicopter came down in Kandahar province. Enemy action was not suspected as a cause,...

Ukraine Crisis

Violence shatters Easter truce

Violence shatters Easter truce

Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine yesterday appealed for Russian "peacekeepers" to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to...

Huge security as Afghan presidential poll looms

Huge security as Afghan presidential poll looms

There is a huge security operation in Afghanistan as presidential candidates prepare for Saturday's vote. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. It should be the first time that power is democratically transferred. But...

Nato allies pledge to beef up eastern defences

Nato allies pledge to beef up eastern defences

Nato foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defences of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the US commitment to their security is "unwavering." The ministers from Nato's 28 member nations also ordered suspension of all "practical civilian and military cooperation" with...

Nato warns of Russian army build-up on Ukraine border

Nato warns of Russian army build-up on Ukraine border

Nato's military commander in Europe has issued a warning about the build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine's border. Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen Philip Breedlove said Nato was in particular concerned about the threat to Moldova's Trans-Dniester region. Russia said its forces east of Ukraine complied with international agreements. The build-up has been linked to Russia's...

NATO flying surveillance planes to Ukraine border

NATO flying surveillance planes to Ukraine border

NATO says it has dispatched two surveillance planes to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in neighboring Ukraine. The military alliance says two AWAC, or Airborne Warning And Control System, reconnaissance planes took off from its bases in Geilenkirchen, Germany, and Waddington, Britain, on Wednesday morning. A spokesman for NATO's operational...

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Do we have the Army we need?

DONALD Rumsfeld, who was America's defence secretary during the Iraq war, pointed out that you fight with the army you have rather than the one you want. This truism underscores the basic responsibility of a defence minister: to maintain and hone during periods of peace the army that will be needed during times of conflict. Every war is different. Armies train to fight the next battles rather than repeat previous ones. The set-piece formations of military engagement now seem what...

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