U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan to end this spring

President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today that most U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan would end this spring, signaling a quickening troop drawdown that will bring the decade-long war to a close at the end of 2014. “Our troops will continue to fight alongside Afghans when needed, but let me say it as […]

400 German soldiers will help Turkey with the patriots

The deployment of Patriot systems along Turkey’s border with Syria will probably take place in early 2013, as technical work to determine the number of batteries and sites continues, local Hurriyet Daily News reported Thursday, APA reports quoting Xinhua. “It’s hard to give a precise date for the deployment of the Patriots.

Russia opposes NATO missile deployment on Turkey-Syria border

Russia opposes the possible deployment by NATO of Patriot missiles near Turkey’s border with Syria, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. “This would not foster stability in the region,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said of Turkey’s request for deployment to the Western military alliance.

NATO demands halt to Syria aggression against Turkey

NATO demanded an immediate halt to “aggressive acts” against alliance member Turkey on Wednesday after a mortar strike launched from Syria killed five Turkish civilians. Ambassadors from the alliance’s 28 member nations held an emergency late-night meeting at NATO headquarters, at Turkey’s request, to discuss the strike.