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Eight US, two Afghan forces killed in "complex" attack

Kabul  - Eight US soldiers and two Afghan troops were killed when suspected Taliban insurgents attacked their outposts in eastern Afghanistan near the border with Pakistan, officials said Sunday.

The militants launched a "complex" attack from a local mosque and nearby village on Afghan and US forces Saturday that raged throughout the day in Nuristan province, the US military said in a statement.

"Coalition forces effectively repelled the attack and inflicted heavy enemy casualties while eight ISAF and two ANSF service members were killed," the statement said.

NATO spokesman Colonel Wayne Shanks confirmed that the eight ISAF casualties were US soldiers.

Dutch deplore loss of civilian lives in Afghan air strike

Dutch deplore loss of civilian lives in Afghan air strike Amsterdam  - The Dutch military Thursday said it deplored the loss of civilian lives as a result of an air strike carried out by one of its F-16 fighter planes in Afghanistan.

Dutch military chief of staff Peter van Uhm, speaking in Kabul, said however the responsibility for the civilian casualties lied with the Taliban, not with NATO. He emphasized the Dutch pilot observed all regulations.

NATO fighter jets violate Pak airspace over Khyber agency

NatoIslamabad, Sep.13 : Two NATO fighter jets reportedly flew inside Pakistan's airspace for nearly two hours on Saturday.

The airspace violation took place in different parts of the Khyber Agency bordering the Afghan border.

The aircraft were seen hovering over Bacha Mina, Khwaga Khel, Sheikh Mal Khel, Piro Khel, Ashmali Khel, and Loya Shalman areas creating panic and unrest among the local residents.

This is the first time that fighter jets of the allied forces have violated Pakistan's airspace.

Violation by helicopter gunships have been frequently reported in the recent past, The Nation reports. (ANI)

NATO inquiry differs with Germans on Afghan bombing

NatoBerlin  - An interim report from a NATO investigation differs with Germany over the casualties in an airstrike last week on two hijacked tanker trucks in Afghanistan, a German television report said Monday.

The German Defence Ministry has estimated that the air-support operation summoned by a German officer left 56 Taliban rebels dead and 12 persons wounded. ZDF television said NATO estimated between 70 and 78 persons were killed.

The public television channel said NATO based that toll on information from the governor of Kunduz province. NATO was also reporting it was "very highly likely" that civilians were killed and wounded.

Rasmussen: France's return to command structure is a boon for NATO

Anders Fogh RasmusseParis  - France's return to NATO's military command structure was a decision of historic importance, the transatlantic alliance's new Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Thursday in Paris.

"France's full return to NATO will improve transatlantic relations and strengthen NATO's international position," Rasmussen told journalists after holding talks with the French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The decision will also stimulate the development of a European security and defence policy, the NATO chief said.

NATO says Ingushetia attack shows need to fight terrorism together

NATO says Ingushetia attack shows need to fight terrorism together Brussels - The suicide bombing that left at least 21 dead in Russia's autonomous republic of Ingushetia underscores the need for NATO and Russia to join forces in the fight against global terrorism, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday.

In a letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Rasmussen also expressed his sincere condolences to the families of the victims of Monday's attack against the local police headquarters.

Afghan, NATO soldiers killed in Taliban attacks

Kabul  - Two NATO-led soldiers were killed in separate roadside blasts in southern Afghanistan, and an Afghan army soldier was killed in Taliban's ambush in northern region, officials said Sunday.

The soldiers died on Saturday, the same day a suicide bomber attacked the NATO headquarters in Kabul and five days before the nationwide presidential elections.

One International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier was killed in a roadside blast, while the other died of wounds he sustained during in a similar attack on Thursday, the alliance military said in a statement. Both soldiers died Saturday.

The ISAF statement did not reveal the nationalities of the soldiers.

Afghanistan "will be my highest priority": NATO Chief

Afghanistan "will be my highest priority": NATO ChiefKabul - NATO's new secretary general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday in Kabul that Afghanistan "will be my highest priority", vowing that alliance forces would do their utmost to provide "the best possible security" for the August 20 presidential election.

Rasmussen, who was talking to journalists in joint press conference with President Hamid Karzai in Afghan fortified presidential palace, said: "I assure you, the Afghan people, that we will stay to support you for as long as it takes to finish our job."

Five NATO, four Afghan soldiers killed in attacks

Five NATO, four Afghan soldiers killed in attacksKabul - Five foreign soldiers, including three US servicemen, and four Afghan army troops were killed in bomb blasts and small arms fire in southern and eastern Afghanistan, Afghan defence ministry and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said Sunday.
The latest fatalities among NATO troops took the death toll for the international forces over the weekend to nine, including six US soldiers.
In the latest attack, three US soldiers were killed when the convoy they were travelling with was attacked by Taliban militants in eastern region on Sunday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

Three US soldiers, three Afghan police killed in bomb blasts

Three US soldiers, three Afghan police killed in bomb blasts Kabul - Three NATO-led US soldiers were killed in roadside bomb blasts in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, while a similar attack in the country's north took the lives of three Afghan policemen, officials said.

The three soldiers were killed when their convoy was hit by two roadside bombs in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

Three soldiers, 16 Taliban killed in Afghan violence

Three soldiers, 16 Taliban killed in Afghan violence Kabul  - A NATO soldier was killed in Taliban attack in southern Afghanistan, while two Afghan soldiers and 16 insurgents were killed in a separate blast and firefight in eastern region, officials said Sunday.

The NATO soldier died of wounds he sustained during a "hostile incident with insurgents," in the southern region on Saturday, the alliance military said in a statement.

Afghans differ from world view of NATO role: poll

Afghans differ from world view of NATO role: poll Washington - People in more than a dozen countries have a misperception of how Afghans feel about the presence of NATO in their country, a poll released Thursday shows.

The poll taken in 20 nations found that most of those surveyed believe the Afghans want NATO forces to leave, although the Afghans appear to disagree.

Russia calls for anti-pirate cooperation with NATO

Russia calls for anti-pirate cooperation with NATOBrussels - Russia and NATO should work harder at fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia together, Russia's ambassador to the Western alliance said Wednesday.

Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin has asked NATO member states for a "detailed discussion" of how to improve coordination between the NATO and Russian warships currently operating around the Gulf of Aden, NATO spokesman James Appathurai said.

NATO chief Scheffer treated for blood clot

NATO chief Scheffer treated for blood clot Brussels - NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer underwent treatment in a hospital Tuesday after suffering from a minor blood clot, the alliance said.

The procedure was successful and de Hoop Scheffer was expected to completely recover. He will remain in the hospital for a few days for observation, NATO said in a statement.

The 61-year-old native of the Netherlands is due to step down at the end of July after five years in the post. Former Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was named as his replacement.

Two choppers crash, NATO soldier, 35 Taliban killed in Afghanistan

Two choppers crash, NATO soldier, 35 Taliban killed in AfghanistanKabul  - A civilian military aircraft working with international forces and a US helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on Sunday, while a NATO soldier and 35 Taliban militants were killed in volatile southern region, officials said.

The civilian helicopter, which was working for the international forces in southern Afghanistan crashed during the take-off from Kandahar province's airfield on Sunday, NATO said in a statement.

Britain and Italy reluctant to impose new Iran sanctions

Britain and Italy reluctant to impose new Iran sanctions Corfu, Greece - UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband expressed reluctance on Saturday for new sanctions against Iran in the wake of violence following elections.

"We should leave no room for excuse. The debate taking place in Iran is in reality a debate between Iran and the West," said Miliband on the sidelines of a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council and Organization for Security and Co-operation, which is currently taking place on the Greek island of Corfu.

He said sanctions were not an option that should be sought by the European Union.

Clinton cancels visit to Greece for NATO, OSCE summit

Clinton cancels visit to Greece for NATO, OSCE summitAthens - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, recovering from elbow surgery, has cancelled her trip to Greece at week's end for a summit with European foreign ministers, Greece's foreign ministry said Monday.

Clinton had been set to attend a meeting of the NATO-Russia council and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the Greek island of Corfu.

Outgoing NATO chief arrives in Kabul, as three soldiers killed

Outgoing NATO chief arrives in Kabul, as three soldiers killed Kabul - The outgoing NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer arrived in Kabul Wednesday for talks with Afghan officials - as three soldiers serving under the banner of NATO-led international forces were killed in a blast.

"We are not here to achieve any form of military victory," Scheffer told a press conference after meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in his fortified presidential palace.

NATO eyes pirate-transfer deals with Horn of Africa states

NATO eyes pirate-transfer deals with Horn of Africa states Brussels - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is looking for states around the Horn of Africa to take charge of Somali pirates captured at sea by alliance warships, NATO's secretary general said Thursday after talks with defence ministers.

The European Union in March agreed a prisoner hand-over scheme with Kenya, and "NATO is working along the same lines but we are not there yet," NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer told journalists in Brussels.

NATO: North Korea nuclear test is "irresponsible"

NATO: North Korea nuclear test is "irresponsible" Brussels  - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has hit out at the announcement by North Korea Monday that it had conducted a nuclear test explosion, calling the action "irresponsible."

In a statement the military alliance said that the test poses a "serious challenge to peace, security and stability in the Asia- Pacific region and are being universally condemned by the international community."




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