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  • Will Afghanistan security take backseat to Europe?

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  • Flags flutter in the wind in front of NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, U.S. President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afghanistan's next president may eventually sign a stalled security agreement that could prevent the U.S. from having to take that step. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO head: No Afghan deal means no troops past '14

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  • EU defense ministers gather in Athens

    European Union defense ministers are gathering in Athens to discuss European military operations and cooperation in a two-day informal meeting, which will also be attended by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview with Germany's ARD television in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia will not be isolated over its conduct in Georgia and warned the Europe not to "serve" the United States. He also stressed Russia does not fear any Western sanctions, saying that if forced to choose between life and sausage, "we choose life." (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

    Russia slams West's support for Ukraine opposition

    Russia's foreign minister slammed Western support of Ukraine's opposition, suggesting Saturday that it is helping fuel the escalation of violence.

  • NATO secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, left, and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy chat during the 50th Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. A three-day security meeting continues. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    NATO leaders say Afghan troops need more training

    Afghanistan's police force and army still need more training to handle the country's security on their own, making it critical for a new security agreement to be signed to allow international forces to remain after 2014, NATO's top two leaders said Saturday.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry (from left), Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo greet one another during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The officials hope to persuade Afghan leaders to let international troops remain in the war-torn country beyond 2014. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO seeks clarity on troops in Afghanistan

    Diplomats vexed over Afghanistan's future applied new pressure on the war-torn nation's leaders Tuesday to agree to allow thousands of foreign troops to remain there beyond next year or risk being left with no international military force assistance.

  • NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addresses the media, during his monthly briefing at the Residence Palace in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. The NATO Secretary General said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria cries out for a strong international response since otherwise it would give the go-ahead to any dictator around the world to use such weapons with impunity. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

    NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen: ‘Convinced’ Syria used chemical weapons

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday that he was "convinced" President Bashar Assad's forces had unleashed chemical weapons on rebel fighters and that the international community should respond with a strong message.

  • NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a media conference before a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    NATO backs Patriot anti-missile system for Turkey

    NATO announced Tuesday that it will deploy Patriot anti-missile systems near Turkey's southern border, shoring up defenses against the threat of cross-border attacks and bringing the United States and its allies closer to the civil war raging between Syrian rebels and President Bashar Assad's regime.

  • Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) speaks during a joint press conference with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

    Karzai: NATO can speed up handover of security to Afghans

    President Hamid Karzai said Thursday the nation's military and police are ready and willing to take full responsibility for security in the country if the U.S.-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover to Afghan government forces.

  • Karzai says military, police ready to take over security

    President Hamid Karzai said Thursday the nation's military and police are ready and willing to take full responsibility for security in the country if the U.S.-led international coalition decides to speed up the handover to Afghan government forces.

  • NATO behind Turkey to hit back at Syria

    NATO is ready to defend alliance member Turkey amid artillery and mortar exchanges with Syria, its top official said Tuesday, as Ankara sent additional fighter jets to reinforce an air base close to the Syria border where tension has escalated dramatically over the past week.

  • NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    NATO backs Turkey in standoff with Syria

    NATO is ready to defend Turkey, the alliance's top official said Tuesday, in a direct warning to Syria after a week of cross-border artillery and mortar exchanges dramatically escalated tensions between the two countries.

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