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Suicide attack kills three NATO soldiers in Afghanistan: official

Suicide attack kills three NATO soldiers in Afghanistan: officialA suicide attack claimed by the Taliban killed three foreign soldiers on patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest assault on US-led NATO troops for many months. “Three Resolute Support service members were killed by a suicide bomber during a combined, dismounted patrol with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan,” NATO’s Resolute Support mission said in a statement. A US member of the patrol and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, it said, without giving the nationality of those killed.



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Suicide attack kills three NATO soldiers in Afghanistan: official

Suicide attack kills three NATO soldiers in Afghanistan: officialA suicide bomber killed three foreign soldiers in an attack on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, NATO’s mission in the country said. “Three Resolute Support service members were killed by a suicide bomber during a combined, dismounted patrol with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan,” it said in a statement. A US member of the patrol and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, it said, without giving the nationality of those killed.



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Taliban kills three Nato soldiers in Afghanistan suicide attack

Taliban kills three Nato soldiers in Afghanistan suicide attackA suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban killed three Czech soldiers on patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, the deadliest assault on Nato troops for many months. "Three Resolute Support service members were killed by a suicide bomber during a combined, dismounted patrol with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan," Nato's Resolute Support mission said in a statement. In Prague, the military said the dead soldiers were Czech. A US member of the patrol and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, Nato added. The attack by a lone bomber on foot happened at 6am in the city of Charikar in Parwan province 60 kilometres (37 miles) north of Kabul, said provincial governor's spokesman Wahida Shahkar. In pictures, Looking back at British troops in Sangin, Afghanistan The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility, saying they killed or wounded eight American soldiers in a "tactical explosion". The Czech army said in a statement that three of its soldiers – a staff sergeant and two corporals - were killed in the explosion. "The tragic death of our three soldiers has struck me deeply, and I wish to express my deepest condolences to their families," said Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar. The Nato force largely ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014 and pulled out the bulk of its troops. A 16,000-strong residual force remains for training and counter-terrorism operations. Afghan residents walk inside a damaged mosque after a suicide attack during Friday prayers Credit: FARID ZAHIR/AFP/Getty Images Of these, the US accounts for 13,000 soldiers, about 2,000 of whom are assigned to anti-terror combat missions. Last month a US soldier was killed and two others wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan. Casualties among the Nato force have fallen dramatically since most were withdrawn from combat. But the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have recently stepped up their attacks against government and civilian targets. On Friday two suicide bombers dressed as women struck a Shiite mosque in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, while it was crowded with worshippers for weekly prayers. Thirty-five were killed and more than 90 wounded. The burqa-clad attackers shot at the mosque's security guards before opening fire on worshippers and then detonating their explosives.



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NATO chief says alliance is not trying to isolate Russia

NATO chief says alliance is not trying to isolate RussiaBy David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) – NATO is not aiming to isolate Russia after a nerve agent attack on a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain last month but had to crack down to show its unhappiness with Moscow, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday. The alliance last week expelled seven diplomats from the Russian mission to NATO and cut the maximum size of the delegation to 20 from 30 after the attack, which the West blames on Moscow, although the Kremlin denies it. “We continue to strive for a better relationship with Russia because Russia is our neighbor, Russia is there to stay.



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NATO says Russian warnings against allies 'unacceptable'

NATO says Russian warnings against allies 'unacceptable'By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin’s warnings to NATO allies are “unacceptable” and do not help efforts to calm tensions, the alliance said on Friday, a day after the Russian leader announced an array of new nuclear weapons. Already angry at NATO’s expansion eastwards into its old Soviet sphere of influence, Putin said in a speech on Thursday that any attack on Moscow’s allies would be regarded as an attack on Russia itself and draw an immediate response. While it was unclear which ally Putin had in mind, the U.S.-led NATO said the speech, one of the Russian leader’s most bellicose in years, did not help calm tensions that have surged since Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimea four years ago.



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'Fully committed' NATO backs new U.S. approach on Afghanistan

'Fully committed' NATO backs new U.S. approach on AfghanistanBy Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO allies on Tuesday welcomed President Donald Trump’s decision to commit more forces to Afghanistan, as part of a new U.S. strategy he said would require more troops and funding from America’s partners. Having run for the White House last year on a pledge to withdraw swiftly from Afghanistan, Trump reversed course on Monday and promised a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents, saying: “Our troops will fight to win”. U.S. officials said he had signed off on plans to send about 4,000 more U.S. troops to add to the roughly 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan.



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NATO soldiers suppress attempted insider attack in Afghanistan

NATO soldiers suppress attempted insider attack in AfghanistanRomanian soldiers from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan killed an Afghan policeman who was trying to carry out an insider attack after a training session in the southern province of Kandahar on Saturday, officials said. One Romanian was wounded in the attack while an Afghan policeman was wounded in the crossfire, a statement from Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul said. “The advisers had completed a scheduled law enforcement training and were preparing to return to base when they were attacked by a member of the Afghan National Civil Order Police,” the statement said.



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US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war games

US deploys Patriots in Lithuania for NATO war gamesThe United States deployed a battery of Patriot ground-to-air missiles in Lithuania on Tuesday as part of multinational NATO exercises in the the Baltic country, its defence ministry announced. The deployment “reflects the firm engagement of the United States to ensure Lithuania’s security and its readiness to send strategic capability to the region,” a ministry statement said. The missiles will return home after the NATO exercises, called Tobruq Legacy 2017 end on July 22, said ministry spokeswoman Ausra Vaitkeviciute.



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Donald Trump finally says US will defend European Nato allies as Russia stance hardens ahead of Putin meeting

Donald Trump finally says US will defend European Nato allies as Russia stance hardens ahead of Putin meetingDonald Trump has made his most explicit commitment yet that America will come to the defence of its Nato allies – a day before a much-anticipated meeting with Vladimir Putin. The US President had been criticised during his first visit to Europe when he failed to refer to Nato’s Article 5, that part of its charter that commits members to the idea of mutual defence. “To those who would criticise our tough stance, I would point out that the United States has demonstrated – not merely with its words but with its actions – that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defence commitment,” Mr Trump said.



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Donald Trump reportedly lambasted Nato leaders for financial contributions in 'train wreck' dinner

Donald Trump reportedly lambasted Nato leaders for financial contributions in 'train wreck' dinnerDonald Trump reportedly lambasted Nato allies at a dinner in Brussels, hours after he had already reproached them for not spending enough on defence. The President has expressed scepticism of the 29-member alliance, and it wasn’t until Friday that he reaffirmed the US’s commitment to mutual defence of Nato members after weeks of uncertainty. The US is currently one of five countries of the alliance that meets NATO members’ pledge to spend 2 per cer of GDP on defence. …



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