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NATO builds on its support for Afghanistan - NATO HQ (press release)

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Thursday (29 June 2017) that NATO will increase its support for the Afghan security forces. NATO's Resolute Support Mission helps train, assist and advise the Afghans to make their country more secure ...and more »

NATO allies boost defense spending in the wake of Trump criticism - Washington Post

BRUSSELS — NATO allies of the United States plan to boost their defense spending by 4.3 percent this year, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday, a response in part to intense pressure from President Trump that the nations invest more in ...and more »

Pullback from Afghanistan may have come too soon, says James Mattis - Financial Times

Nato took fresh steps to intensify its training mission in Afghanistan as James Mattis, the US defence secretary, said Washington and its allies may have been too quick to withdraw from major combat operations there. Day-long talks on Thursday between ...and more »

War in Afghanistan: Will Mattis Commit More Troops? -

BRUSSELS — Two years after winding down its military operation in Afghanistan, NATO has agreed to send more troops to the war-ravaged country to help train and work alongside the Afghan security forces. The move comes in response to a request from ...and more »

NATO members to increase defense spending - CNN

(CNN) America's NATO allies in Europe and Canada will increase defense spending by 4.3% in 2017, according to official NATO statistics released Thursday. The boost comes amid continued criticism from President Donald Trump, who has frequently ...and more »

NATO: We will do more to fight terrorism - Deutsche Welle

NATO has not been involved with counterterrorism in the past. But changing political and security priorities - plus a shove from Donald Trump - have resulted in a new role for the alliance. One of US President Donald Trump's repetitive complaints about ...and more »

NATO Defense Chiefs Vow More Forces To Help Train Afghan Troops - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

Defense ministers from NATO member states vowed to provide more forces to help train Afghanistan's embattled military, although they did not set out exact numbers ahead of any U.S. announcement on its planned increase in troops. Following a NATO ...and more »

NATO: 'Cyber' is a military domain - The Register

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has told a press conference ahead of a ministerial meeting tomorrow Brussels time that “cyber” is a “military domain” – and that a cyber-attack on one member can trigger NATO's Article 5. Article 5 of the ...and more »

Thank Putin, Not Trump, For NATO's New Defense Spending Boost - Foreign Policy (blog)

One president is pushing NATO to get its act together on defense spending. But that president sits in Moscow, not Washington. On Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced non-U.S. NATO members will boost their defense spending ...and more »

'What is the price of not fighting this war?': Mattis makes his pitch to get more NATO troops in Afghanistan - Washington Post

BRUSSELS — Nearly three years after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended combat operations in Afghanistan, the 29-nation alliance will send troops once more into the country with hopes that the renewed surge will help the Afghan military beat ...and more »