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NATO Eyes Troop Reductions in Afghanistan

NATO Eyes Troop Reductions in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Some members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are considering withdrawing thousands of their forces from Afghanistan once the United States begins to officially cut its own presence in the country, according to American and European officials. The Trump administration’s decision to eventually reduce its own forces …

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NATO Chief Postpones His Afghanistan Visit

NATO Chief Postpones His Afghanistan Visit

KABUL – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has postponed a planned visit to Afghanistan due to recent developments in the region, according to a statement issued by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office, following a phone call between them. Stoltenberg apologized to Ghani for failing to visit Afghanistan as planned, but he …

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Germany Says Trump’s Iraq Sanctions Threat ‘Not Helpful

Germany

BERLIN – US President Donald Trump’s threat of sanctions on Iraq was “not very helpful”, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday. The United States president had warned Baghdad could be hit by sanctions “like they’ve never seen before” if US forces were forced to leave. “I don’t think it works …

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Two Killed, 75 Injured in Twin Attacks Near Bagram Base

KABUL – Two suicide car-bomb blasts killed two civilians and wounded 75 others on Wednesday on the main US military base of Bagram in Afghanistan, local and NATO officials said. Bagram district Governor Haji Abdul Shukur Quddusi said the explosion happened in the village of Jan Qadam near the Bagram …

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NATO Ministers Gather Amid Tensions with France

Brussels

BRUSSELS – NATO foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels to prepare a leaders’ summit in two weeks amid tensions over French President Emmanuel Macron’s complaints about the “brain death” of the alliance. France said it’s concerned about a lack of US leadership at NATO, the unpredictability of Turkey after its …

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