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NATO Off the Wire
1 June 2007

A look at news and commentary regarding NATO on the Web

The spokesman's perspective:

Continuing our new series of video commentary, NATO Spokesman James Appathurai gives his personal perspective on recent articles discussing NATO. He invites you to write in with your own comments and opinions, which could be featured in the next installment.

E-mail comments to: press@hq.nato.int

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1 June 2007

Missions impossible: NATO's Afghan dilemma
Beaten and ridiculed by the Taliban for teaching in a clandestine girl's school, Shukriya Barakzai welcomed the US invasion in 2001 with an open heart and hopes for the future. Now, she wants to know just what the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) thinks it is doing in Afghanistan.
Published on 1 June 2007 - The Asia Times, Hong Kong
New NATO Members Prove Lucrative for Lobbyist
RIGA, Latvia -- In the mid-1990s, Sally Painter left the Commerce Department and joined the U.S. Committee to Expand NATO, a nonprofit group that advocated opening the Western military alliance to former Soviet states once fenced off by the Iron Curtain.
Published on 1 June 2007 - The Wall Street Journal
NATO Mission in Afghanistan Will Continue Without Canada
Canada's top military commander at NATO suggests the mission in Afghanistan will continue with or without the Canadian military.
Published on 1 June 2007 - 580 CFRA Radio, Canada

31 May 2007

No Taliban spring offensive in Afghanistan: NATO
OTTAWA -- Hard-fought NATO operations in Afghanistan last autumn have prevented the Taliban from mounting a spring offensive this year, a senior general with the North Atlantic alliance said on Thursday.
Published on 31 May 2007 - National Post, Canada
Afghan, NATO forces clash with Taliban in restive south
(AP) Afghan and NATO forces launched an operation Thursday in the volatile south, killing and wounding at least 20 suspected Taliban, while a clash in the west left 10 alleged militants dead, Afghan officials said.
Published on 31 May 2007 -International Herald Tribune, France.
Russia sceptial on NATO ties
Russia wants to maintain its relations with NATO but is skeptical about their prospects, a senior Moscow diplomat said Wednesday.
Published on 31 May 2007 - United Press International, USA
NATO not alarmed by test-firing of new Russian missile
The NATO headquarters in Brussels is not inclined to over-dramatize the test-firing of a new Russian intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24, but it is rather concerned about Moscow's anti-Western rhetoric, a NATO official has said.
Published on 31 May 2007 - Interfax, Russia
Turkey military blasts NATO allies for support of Kurdish rebels
(RIA Novosti) - The Turkish chief of general staff accused Thursday some NATO allies of providing assistance to Kurdish separatists in the southeast of the country, but did not specify the targets of his criticism.
Published on 31 May 2007 - Ria Novosti, Russia
Ahtisaari urges Finland to sign up to Nato response force
(STT) Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president, was quoted as saying by Tampere-based daily Aamulehti on Thursday that Finland should join the Nato response force.
Published on 31 May 2007 - Newsroom Finland, Finland

30 May 2007

African Union seeks NATO airlift for Somalia – NATO
(Reuters) - NATO allies are studying a request from the African Union to provide air transport for its troops in Somalia, an alliance official said on Wednesday.
Published on 30 May 2007 - Reuters
Taliban shifts tactics, NATO says
The Taliban is increasingly turning to deadly roadside bombs and suicide attacks in its fight against NATO forces in Afghanistan, allied commanders say.
Published on 30 May 2007 - USA TODAY, USA.
Russia to stay on course with NATO – official
(RIA Novosti) - Russia does not intend to scale down its cooperation with NATO, but is skeptical about the outlook for relations, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
Published on 30 May 2007 - Ria Novosti, Russia
Lithuania Ready to Host Missile Defense System of NATO
Lithuania is ready to host a missile defense system like Poland and Czechia, ITAR-TASS reported with reference to Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas. One of the options could be the missile defense system offered by NATO, Olekas specified.
Published on 30 May 2007 - Kommersant, Russia.

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