NATO Land Command Fully Operational, Says Commander

Lt. Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of the NATO Allied Land Command, reports to NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Phillip Breedlove that LANDCOM is at fully operational, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Dec. 10, 2014. Michael Darnell/Stars and Stripes

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — NATO’s Allied Land Command has finally reached full operational capacity, LANDCOM commander Lt. Gen. John Nicholson said at the close on Wednesday of NATO’s largest training exercise since the end of the Cold War. One aim of the exercise, Trident Lance, was to test how well a fully operational LANDCOM — which is charged wi... more

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen Bids Farewell

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen bid farewell to NATO members and NATO staff as he prepares to step down Tuesday. At a ceremony in Brussels on Friday to mark the end of his five-year term, Fogh Rasmussen acknowledged the soldiers who comprise NATO forces as "the backbone of our Alliance" and laid a wreath in honor of those who paid ... more

NATO Signals No New Members Right Now

merkel at nato meeting

BRUSSELS -- Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion.   Four would-be members, including the former Soviet republic of Georgia, have been informed that admission to NATO isn't in the cards anytime soon. For some, that means dashed hopes. Macedonia's foreign minis... more

EU Commission President Calls for European Army

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

The European Union needs its own army to help address the problem that it is not "taken entirely seriously" as an international force, the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said in an interview published on Sunday. He said such a move would help the EU to persuade Russia that it was serious about defending its values in... more

US, NATO End Afghan Combat Command after 13 Years

Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson and commander of International Security Assistance Force, General John F. Campbell salute during a flag-lowering ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and NATO closed their combat command in Afghanistan on Monday, more than 13 years after invading the country in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks to target al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. Though quickly routing the Taliban-led government that sheltered the militants, the U.S.-led coalition soon found itself spe... more

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