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Afghan forces claim victory in major Taliban battle

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 23:18

Afghan security forces on Saturday claimed victory against a Taliban offensive in the country`s volatile Helmand province after days of fighting seen as a test for the country`s security forces as NATO-led troops pull out.

Afghan forces fight back against Taliban onslaught

Last Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014, 20:39

Afghan troops have launched a counter-offensives to beat back a five-day Taliban attack that targeted several southern districts previously protected by departing NATO forces, officials said Thursday.

NATO okays additional support package for Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 23:32

NATO foreign ministers Wednesday approved a package of additional support measures to "strengthen Ukraine`s ability to defend itself", an official statement said.

Russia must take `concrete` steps to end Ukraine crisis: Kerry

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 21:11

Russia must take "concrete" steps to resolve the Ukraine crisis, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday, warning Moscow could easily reinstate its parliament approval for military intervention.

Turkey raises fears over potential spillover from Iraq

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 20:26

Turkey raised fears on Wednesday over potential spillover from turmoil in neighbouring Iraq, as NATO promised not to hesitate to defend its ally from the widening conflict.

NATO will not offer Georgia membership step, avoiding Russia clash

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 18:27

NATO will stop short of approving a formal step to membership for Georgia at its summit in September, officials said on Wednesday, dodging a possible confrontation with Moscow over the alliance`s expansion to Russia`s neighbours.

Jihadists join forces as US advisers head to Iraq

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 15:17

Al Qaeda`s Syrian franchise formed a local alliance Wednesday with the powerful jihadists leading a major offensive in Iraq, as the first of up to 300 US military advisers moved to Baghdad.

NATO chief says Russia not meeting international commitments over Ukraine

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 14:58

The head of NATO said on Wednesday he saw no sign that Russia was respecting its international commitments over Ukraine as Britain warned Moscow it could face tougher European Union sanctions unless it acted to stop fighting in eastern Ukraine.

NATO offers Georgia closer ties

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 13:07

NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday the alliance will shortly offer Georgia closer ties, but made no mention of membership, amid growing concerns over Russia`s intentions in Ukraine.

John Kerry arrives in Brussels for NATO talks on Ukraine, Iraq

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 04:19

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Brussels on Tuesday flying in from a visit to Iraq to attend NATO talks on a militant assault which has sparked global alarm.

Kerry arrives for NATO talks on Ukraine, Iraq

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 23:45

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Brussels Tuesday flying in from a visit to Iraq to attend NATO talks on a militant assault which has sparked global alarm.

Afghan election back from the brink after resignation

Last Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014, 21:33

A top Afghan election official accused of fraud resigned on Monday, raising hopes of ending a political deadlock that threatens to derail the country`s presidential succession as NATO troops withdraw.