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Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy

Stuart Peach, chief of the defence staff said the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s modernisation of the once mighty Soviet navy now posed a serious threat to Western communications.

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German parties back NATO, want good ties with Russia: Document

The paper also contained several bracketed sentences that had not yet been agreed, including a proposal by the Greens to withdraw the NATO nuclear weapons that remain on German soil, and to ban all weapons sales to countries involved in the war in Yemen.

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Catalonia issue domestic matter to be resolved by Spain, says NATO

NATO official said: “Spain is a committed ally, which makes important contributions to our shared security. The Catalonia issue is a domestic matter which should be resolved within Spain’s constitutional order.”

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NATO ships hold missile defense drill near Scotland, says Pentagon

The US Department of Defense said this was the first time NATO’s ‘smart defense’ concept was demonstrated with some ships providing protection to other vessels targeting ballistic missiles.

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NATO gives frosty reception to ICAN Nobel win

NATO, which has three of the world’s nuclear powers in its ranks, strongly criticised the treaty, saying it risked undermining the international response to North Korea’s atomic weapons programme.

Europe has interest in helping Afghanistan: Nato chief

Stoltenberg said Afghan forces, which have suffered thousands of casualties fighting the insurgency, had been “managing a very difficult situation”.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrives in Afghanistan as rockets hit Kabul airport

The visit comes after US President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, promising a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground as they seek to reestablish Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

US wants Pakistan to take action against terror safe havens: Jim Mattis

US Defense Secretary, NATO chief arrive in Kabul weeks after Trump pledges more troops to Afghan

The unannounced high-level visit comes as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back the Taliban which has been on the offensive since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014.

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Kurd referendum: Turkey plans security steps over Iraqi Kurdish vote

Turkey, home to the largest Kurdish population in the region and fighting a Kurdish insurgency on its soil, has warned that any break-up of neighbouring Iraq or Syria could lead to a global conflict.

NATO chief welcomes Trump’s new approach

Stoltenberg said he agrees with Trump that all NATO members need to increase defense spending so there is “fair burden sharing.” Stoltenberg said Turkey is looking into the possibility of buying air defense systems from France and Italy in addition to the one it recently purchased from Russia.

US may withhold USD 255 million aid to Pak for inaction against terror groups: Report

Pakistan prepares tough diplomatic policy for US, says report

“The last option may include a ban on using Pakistani land for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) supplies to Afghanistan,” according to the newspaper. However, the policy will be implemented after the approval of National Security Committee.

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Afghanistan mulls plan to arm 20,000 civilians to fight insurgents

“The Afghan government’s expansion of irregular forces could have enormously dangerous consequences for civilians,” said Patricia Gossman, a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch.

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North Korean threat highlights NATO missile shield ‘weak link’

To shoot down a ballistic missile from North Korea would require a new generation of interceptor, the Block II, which is still in development. It is capable of downing ballistic rockets earlier and at a much higher altitude.

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North Korea’s ‘global threat’ requires global response, says NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg

“We call on Korea to abandon its nuclear programmes, it’s missile programmes, and to refrain from more testing, because this is a blatant violation of several UN security resolutions and it’s a threat to international peace and stability.”

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NATO’s Stoltenberg says Nouth Korea’s ‘reckless behaviour’ requires global response

NATO is not directly involved in the crisis, which saw Pyongyang carry out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test a week ago, but has repeatedly called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.