Tag: North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Poland Had the Royal Castle Ready. Then Trump Canceled His Trip.

WARSAW — Elaborate military escorts stood ready. Chefs were at work on a grand state dinner at the Royal Castle. A concert was cued up for television and radio broadcast. The annual commemoration of the outbreak of World War II was even moved from Gdansk to Warsaw, where crowds would be bigger. Poland’s governing party […]

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Trump’s Greenland Plan Shows He Has No Idea How American Power Works

President Trump announced on Tuesday that he would postpone a planned trip to Denmark because Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen refuses to consider selling Greenland to the United States. Ms. Frederiksen called the idea “absurd.” It might be, but it was also revealing. In seeking to purchase Greenland, Mr. Trump did more than rattle an ally. […]

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Giant Hacking Attack in Bulgaria Raises Suspicion of Russian Meddling

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Kristiyan Boikov was 14 years old and living in Bulgaria’s second-largest city, Plovdiv, when his parents gave him his first computer as a gift. He was soon obsessed, teaching himself a variety of computer languages and then, like many of his friends, turning his focus to issues of network security. The world […]

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The U.S. and the Taliban Are Near a Deal. Here’s What It Could Look Like.

DOHA, Qatar — After months of negotiations between the United States and the Taliban, both sides have signaled that they are nearing an initial peace deal for Afghanistan, perhaps in the coming weeks or even sooner, even though the recent talks have seemed bogged down in the final details. Even a provisional agreement would be […]

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What Happened at Russia’s Missile Test Site?

Nearly as soon as an explosion ripped through the Nenoksa Missile Test Site in northern Russia on Thursday, briefly raising radiation levels in the region, the Kremlin went into crisis mode. That, to anyone familiar with the immediate aftermath of the Chernobyl accident, means clamping down on information, insisting that nothing really bad happened, that […]

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The U.S. Needs More Nukes

“In the capitals of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, there is a clear lack of confidence in the United States’ reliability as a military ally.” Sound familiar? It’s from a report in The Times dated October 7, 1979. Donald Trump isn’t the first American president about whom U.S. allies took a decidedly skeptical view. Back […]

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U.S. and Turkey Agree on Buffer Zone in Northeastern Syria

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The United States and Turkey agreed on Wednesday to create a safe zone in northeastern Syria that would allow Turkey to protect its borders from Syrian-Kurdish forces that it regards as a terrorist threat and provide Syrian refugees in Turkey a safe space to return home. Defense officials from both countries issued […]

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The Treaty’s Dead. Now Level the Field.

After more than 30 years, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (I.N.F.) Treaty ended last week, with an American withdrawal on Friday and a Russian withdrawal on Saturday. Although the United States abided by the terms of the treaty, Russia violated it by fielding more than 100 banned intermediate-range missiles, and China, which was never bound by […]

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End of Missile Treaty Leaves a Major Vacuum in NATO Defense

BRUSSELS — NATO repeated its support for the United States’ decision to abandon the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement on Friday and said it would respond in a “measured and responsible way” to a deployment of missiles by Moscow that violated the pact. “Russia bears sole responsibility for the demise of the treaty,” the alliance […]

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Trump and Johnson: Allies in Disruption

WASHINGTON — Since the start of the Trump administration, Britain has helped lead the quiet resistance to a president upending American foreign policy and straining the trans-Atlantic alliance. That may change with Boris Johnson’s ascent to the post of prime minister of Britain on Wednesday. With his showmanship, his fondness for broad declarations and his […]

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American to Lead NATO Intelligence as Iraq-War-Era Concerns About U.S. Linger

ASPEN, Colo. — The United States will take over the top NATO intelligence post at the end of the year, alliance officials said, a move that some American officials hope could bolster a critical alliance capacity that President Trump has praised. But the appointment runs the risk of putting an American stamp on an office […]

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U.S. Punishes Turkey by Canceling Sale of Jets

WASHINGTON — The White House informed Turkey, a NATO ally, on Wednesday that the United States would not sell it F-35 stealth fighter jets, in retaliation for the country’s purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. President Trump had said a day earlier that Turkey’s order for more than 100 American-made jets would be canceled. […]

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5 Million Bulgarians Have Their Personal Data Stolen in Hack

An investigation into the theft of the personal information of nearly every adult in Bulgaria led to the arrest of a 20-year-old computer programmer, the police announced Wednesday, in connection with a breach that underscores the vulnerability of vast troves of digitized information. The authorities acknowledged that Bulgaria’s national tax agency was hacked after a […]

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Imran Khan’s ‘New Pakistan’ Is as Good as the Old

During election campaigns, politicians usually make promises that they have no intention and no way of keeping. Here is one promise that Khan is trying to keep: To punish corrupt politicians and force them to pay back the money they have stolen — the billions, he says, that have been stashed in Swiss banks. By […]

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Erdogan Goes His Own Way as Turkish Distrust With U.S. Grows

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has marked the anniversary of a failed coup against him every passing year — this week was the third — with a national holiday that has turned the traumatic event into a celebration of Turkish nationalism. But this year, Mr. Erdogan had even more to cheer about, as he […]

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U.S. Service Member Is Reported Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An American service member was killed in action in Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission reported. The brief announcement did not provide a name or other details, in accordance with the Pentagon’s policy of withholding information until the next of kin is notified. The death brought the number of American […]

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Turkey Gets First Shipment of Russian Missile System, Defying U.S.

ISTANBUL — The first shipment of a sophisticated Russian surface-to-air missile system arrived in Turkey on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, a process that is expected to incur United States sanctions and will test the NATO alliance. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been insistent in his determination to purchase the S-400 system, Russia’s most […]

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NATO Considers Missile Defense Upgrade, Risking Further Tensions With Russia

BRUSSELS — NATO military officials are exploring whether to upgrade their defenses to make them capable of shooting down newly deployed Russian intermediate-range nuclear missiles after a landmark arms treaty dissolves next month, according to three European officials. Any change to the stated mission of NATO’s current missile defense system — aimed at threats from […]

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2 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan in What Taliban Call an Ambush

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two United States soldiers were killed during a military operation in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, bringing to nine the total number of American military fatalities in the country this year. A statement released by the American-led NATO mission in Afghanistan confirmed the two deaths but did not provide further details. Zabihullah Mujahid, […]

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For France, a D-Day Ceremony Laced With Paradox

PARIS — President Trump will spend a few hours this week in Normandy, where, 75 years ago on June 6, in Ronald Reagan’s memorable words, “The Allies stood and fought against tyranny in a giant undertaking unparalleled in human history.” Unlike Mr. Reagan, though, Mr. Trump will be hard-pressed to convince skeptical European allies that […]

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