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NATO Off the Wire
5 July 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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05 July 2007

Roadside bomb kills 6 NATO soldiers in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, seven people have been killed in a roadside bomb that tore through a NATO vehicle Wednesday.
Published on 05 July 2007 - Xinhua, China
Nato troops killed by roadside bomb
Six Nato soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle. An interpreter was also killed.
Published on 05 July 2007 - The Times Online

04 July 2007

Nato 'seeks to boost Afghan law'
Delegates at a Nato-sponsored conference in Rome have been considering ways of strengthening Afghanistan's justice system.
Published on 04 July 2007 - BBC, United Kingdom
‘Pakistan, NATO agreed on better coordination’
Foreign Office spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said on Tuesday that Pakistan had clearly stated that North Atlantic Treaty Oraganisation (NATO) forces were not allowed to conduct operations in Pakistan and only Pakistani security forces could do so, and that NATO had agreed to improve coordination with Pakistan.
Published on 04 July 2007 - Pak Tribune, Pakistan

03 July 2007

Involve NATO in decisions on missile defence: Putin Proposes southern Russia site for shield, but differences remain after mini-summit with Bush

Vladimir Putin caught the only fish and graciously told U.S. President George W. Bush it was "a team effort."

But whether the two world leaders were any closer to the ultimate team effort on the crucial question of European missile defence was unclear after the Russian president yesterday proposed bringing NATO into the decision-making process on the structure of the shield.

Published on 03 July 2007 - Toronto Star, Canada
NATO chief says the alliance must do everything to avoid civilian casualties in Afghanistan

The chief of NATO said Tuesday that the alliance must do everything in its power to avoid civilian casualties in Afghanistan, amid growing concerns over the killing of innocent people by NATO forces. "For NATO, every single civilian life lost in Afghanistan is one too many," Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan. "NATO will do and has to do everything in its ability to prevent civilian casualties."

Published on 03 July 2007 - International Herald Tribune, France
NATO regrets deaths but says Taliban "behead, burn"

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer vowed on Tuesday to investigate recent civilian deaths in Afghanistan, but contrasted NATO's record with a Taliban who "behead people, burn schools, kill women and children".

Published on 03 July 2007 - Reuters
Afghans demand trial of NATO soldier over shooting

NATO should put on trial a soldier who fired at civilians, resulting in the deaths of two and wounding of four in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar city, a senior provincial official said on Tuesday.

Published on 03 July 2007 - Reuters
German court backs Nato plan

(AFP) Germany’s highest court has rejected a legal complaint against the deployment of Tornado jets in Afghanistan in support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato)’s offensive against Taliban extremists.

Published on 03 July 2007 - Sunday Times, South Africa
NATO regrets civilian casualties in Afghanistan, minister says

NATO regrets the deaths and injuries it has accidentally caused among Afghan civilians and will continue to review its military procedures, Canada’s junior foreign affairs minister said Tuesday.

Published on 03 July 2007 - Canada.com, Canada

02 July 2007

NATO in Afghanistan: neither peace nor war
The NATO mission in Afghanistan is clearly experiencing a crisis-even after forecasts did not come true of developments that would have been fatal to the present-day Afghan leadership and so to the ISAF, NATO International Security Assistance Force.
Published on 02 July 2007 - RIA Novosti, Russia
Putin, Bush see Nato role in missile defence
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and US president George W. Bush on Monday agreed that Nato should be involved in the proposed US missile defence shield. However, they failed to narrow differences over Washington’s plans to locate part of the system in central Europe.
Published on 02 July 2007 - Financial Times
NATO chief calls on Kosovo to have patience
During an official visit to Pristina on Friday (June 29th), NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer urged Kosovo Albanians to show "patience" in their quest for independence. He also called on Serbia, and its ally Russia, to be more compliant in the situation.
Published on 02 July 2007 - Southeast European Times

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