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NATO General: Russians Capable of Quick Strike

Newly appointed commander of U.S. European Command Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove speaks to reporters after the change of command ceremony. David Rogers/Stars and Stripes

Associated Press | Apr 03, 2014

WASHINGTON — The estimated 40,000 Russian troops poised along the border with Ukraine are capable of executing an attack order on 12 hours' notice, according to the American general who commands all NATO forces in Europe. In remarks to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Reuters news agency, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove sa... more

Ukraine Crisis Sends NATO Commander Back to Europe

Gen. Philip Breedlove, right, shown shaking hands with Master Sgt. Dennis Odom at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in 2012, is likely to be named to lead NATO, AP is reporting. Air Force photo: Robert Talenti

Stars and Stripes | Mar 31, 2014

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- America's top general in Europe has been ordered back from Washington to meet with NATO leaders because of growing uncertainty over Russia's intentions in Ukraine. Gen. Phillip Breedlove, who is dual-hatted as the head of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, was slated to testify b... more

Norway's Stoltenberg Appointed as New NATO Chief

Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg will become chief of the NATO alliance when General Anders Fogh Rasmussen steps down this fall. (Mindaugas Kulbis / AP)

Associated Press | Mar 28, 2014

BRUSSELS - NATO's next leader was announced Friday: former Norwegian Premier Jens Stoltenberg will lead the military alliance starting in October. The appointment comes at a critical time as the crisis over Ukraine has suddenly made the 28-nation alliance a more relevant security force in Europe. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen wi... more

Ukraine Crisis Gives NATO Alliance New Purpose

A Nato AWACS plane takes off the NATO Airbase in Geilenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Associated Press | Mar 18, 2014

BRUSSELS  — With a deafening thunder, the first NATO AWACS surveillance plane pierces the milky morning sky over Germany's Geilenkirchen base, on its way to monitor the skies above Ukraine. Listen very carefully, and you can also hear the NATO alliance roaring back into the geopolitical arena. Quite a turnaround for a 65-year-old military orga... more

NATO Airstrike Kills 5 Afghan Soldiers

Associated Press | Mar 06, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan - An early morning NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province killed five Afghan soldiers on Thursday, the coalition and Afghan defense ministry officials said. The strike occurred in the province's Chakh district, according to the Afghan spokesman, Gen. Zahir Azimi, who said eight Afghan National Army troops were... more

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