Pakistan to host second round of Kabul-Taliban talks

Pakistan is finalising preparations to host the second round of landmark peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban later this week, two Pakistani officials said on Tuesday.

NATO eastward expansion would be `catastrophic`: Russian official

 NATO enlargement into Ukraine and Georgia would have "catastrophic consequences" for Europe, Russia`s envoy to NATO warned Tuesday in a television interview, as relations between Moscow and the West sink to Cold War-era lows.

Syria safe zone will help 1.7 mln refugees return: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the formation of a safe zone inside war-torn Syria, free from the Islamic State group, would help the return of 1.7 million refugees.

Peace process with Kurds cannot continue amid attacks: Erdogan

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara could not continue the peace process with the Kurds amid continuing attacks against Turkish targets.

NATO stands with Turkey against terror: Jens Stoltenberg
NATO stands with Turkey against terror: Jens Stoltenberg

Representatives from all 28 NATO member states are meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to hold consultations over increasing ISIS threat faced by Turkey.

NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request

 For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session tomorrow to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response.

Turkey PM rules out sending troops to Syria, hails air strikes on ISIS as game changer
Turkey PM rules out sending troops to Syria, hails air strikes on ISIS as game changer

Even as Turkish warplanes continue to pound ISIS and PKK targets in Syria, Turkey has called for a special NATO meeting to discuss the security threats by the country in the light of recent wave of terrorist attacks.

Turkey launches new strikes on PKK as NATO meeting called

 The Turkish military on Sunday launched new air strikes on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq as Ankara invoked an article of NATO to call a meeting of the military alliance over its campaign against the PKK separatists and IS jihadists.

Turkey strikes Kurdish bases in Iraq, truce in danger

 Turkey`s military Saturday carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against both Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, putting in jeopardy a fragile ceasefire with Turkish Kurds.

NATO plans biggest exercise since 2002 to counter Islamic State
NATO plans biggest exercise since 2002 to counter Islamic State

NATO and its allies will hold their biggest military exercise in more than a decade from October, deploying 36,000 personnel across the Mediterranean to counter the threat of Islamic State on the alliance`s southern flank.

Britain's Cameron to focus defence spending more on militant risk

Britain should spend more of its defence budget on spy planes, drones and special forces to counter militants and Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron will say on Monday.

Despite peace talks breakthrough, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani under pressure at home
Despite peace talks breakthrough, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani under pressure at home

If Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was savouring inaugural peace talks with Taliban insurgents held in Pakistan on Wednesday, celebrations of the milestone he has worked so hard to reach may be short-lived.

US Air Force leader sees Russia as ''biggest threat''

Russia is the biggest threat to US national security and America must boost its military presence throughout Europe even as NATO allies face budget challenges and scale back spending, US Air Force Secretary Deborah James said on Wednesday. 

US House approves closer military ties with Jordan

US lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would ramp up military cooperation with Jordan, including accelerated arms sales to a Middle East ally contending with growing threats from Islamist extremism.

Taliban claim suicide car bombing on NATO forces' convoy in Kabul
Taliban claim suicide car bombing on NATO forces' convoy in Kabul

An explosion has targeted a convoy of foreign forces in Afghan capital of Kabul, reports said.

Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability
Putin tells Obama US-Russia dialogue key to global stability

 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday said relations between Moscow and Washington were key to ensuring global stability and called for dialogue based on "equality and respect."

Afghanistan targets US defence contractors in row over back taxes

Afghanistan is threatening to crack down on US defence contractors it says owe hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes, including by freezing their bank accounts and refusing to renew yearly business licences when they expire.

Afghanistan leans on `abusive` local police as Taliban advance

A peach-fuzzed teenager clad in camouflage fatigues, Mohammad Jawad could be mistaken for a boy scout -- but he commands one of hundreds of Afghanistan`s local anti-Taliban police units, accused of stoking insecurity. 

NATO keeps mum on `Baltic brigade` request: Lithuania

NATO has vowed to hold "continuous" military exercises in eastern Europe to deter Russia but has yet to respond to a request by Baltic states for a permanent brigade, Lithuania said Wednesday.

Three TTP terrorists sentenced to death in Pakistan

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Tuesday awarded the death sentence to three Taliban militants for killing four policemen during an attack on oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO troops in neighbouring Afghanistan.