AFGHANISTAN: ‘ Suicide Truck Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy ‘

#AceNewsReport – AFGHANISTAN:June.30: A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, AFP reported.

“It was a suicide truck bomber detonating his vehicle at the gate of police headquarters” in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, police spokesman Farid Ahmad Obaid said.

Afghan troops and police are battling the Taliban in the first “fighting season” since NATO left local forces to take charge of security.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Drones being readied for Arctic monitoring missions ‘

#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW:June.10: Russian Defence Ministry said that group of Russian military industry experts has arrived in the far eastern Chukotka Autonomous Area to prepare the Eastern Military District’s drones for monitoring missions in the Arctic.

' Russia Prepares Drones for Arctic Mission's '
‘ Russia Prepares Drones for Arctic Mission’s ‘

A group of Russian military industry experts has arrived in the far eastern Chukotka Autonomous Area to prepare the Eastern Military District’s drones for monitoring missions in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release Wednesday.

“The drones will be used for surveillance of the littoral part of the Pacific Ocean, the mainland part of the zone of responsibility of the troops and forces in the northeast, and Navy combat training ranges,” Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

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POLAND: ‘ Former Army Commander & Ex-Defense Minister prepare for hybrid war scenario with Russia ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Interview:POLAND:June.07: Former Polish army commander and ex-Deputy Defense Minister Waldemar Skrzypczak says that Poland and the Baltic states prepare for ‘hybrid war’ with Russia, while adding that NATO’s combined military power comfortably exceeds the forces at Russia’s disposal.

 Two Norwegian sailors onboard the Norwegian support vessel Valkyrien

Sitting down for an interview for Baltic news hub Delfi, Skrzypczak defended NATO’s beefing up of its presence in countries along Russia’s border, arguing that “I wouldn’t say that this is an attempt to intimidate Russia, but rather the response by the [NATO] Alliance to a threat which could turn into an uncontrollable situation. What sort of threat? For example, a hybrid war.”

Skrzypczak noted that under the present balance of forces, the expanded Eastern European Rapid Response Force can handle the appearance of Russian ‘little green men’ “with ease.” However, ramping up the paranoia and alluding to a Russian fifth column in the Baltic states, the ex-general added that “the aggressor acts not only with the help of special forces.

His activity can be observed in a variety of fields –from military to political and the ethnic factor.” Skrzypczak did not make clear how this “ethnic factor” should be dealt with, noting only that “it is very important to understand what is happening and to provide a timely warning about the opponent’s [potential] actions.”

Commenting on the growth of NATO military might along Russian borders, including a growing permanent military presence, expanded and intensified exercises, Lithuania’s return to conscription, and Poland’s own intensive rearmament, Skrzypczak noted that NATO governments’ earlier policy was naïve for “blindly believing that good relations with Moscow [would] last forever,” adding that the conflict in Ukraine, for which he blamed Russia, “fell [on European politicians] like a cold shower.” In the general’s view, NATO’s more aggressive posture “is the only way to cool the hotheads in Moscow.”

Boasting that the generals of the Russian army “likely think of a conflict with NATO as a bad dream,” Skrzypczak noted that NATO’s military potential “exceeds at least several times the capabilities at Russia’s disposal,” adding that even on their own, the combined forces of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia would be a “tough nut [for Russia] to crack.” In the ex-general’s view, a war with NATO would “plunge Russia into chaos from which it would be unable to recover,” and for this reason “full-scale hostilities are not a threat.”

Retracting his earlier calls for Polish authorities to support Ukraine politically and militarily, Skrzypczak noted that this would be improper following “the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to recognize [Nazi collaborationist forces] OUN-UPA as fighters for Ukrainian independence.” Skrzypczak noted that “we Poles are against the honoring of the executioners of the Volyn massacre,” but added that “if we leave the Ukrainians alone, everything could end up even worse.”

Blaming Russia for the civil war in eastern Ukraine, caused in no small part by the radical nationalism supported by Kiev, Skrzypczak noted that while Russia is presently “trying to return to the international scene as peacemaker,” he remains hopeful that “the West will remain alert.”

Skrzypczak served as the commander of Poland’s land forces between 2006-2009, serving as the country’s deputy defense minister between 2012-2013.

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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ APPROVES US & NATO AGREEMENTS ALLOWING TROOPS TO STAY IN COUNTRY ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.28 – Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament approved two agreements on Thursday with the US and NATO, allowing about 12,500 troops to remain in the country, AFP said.

The lower house of parliament approved the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, and a similar pact with NATO, on Sunday.

President Ashraf Ghani signed the deals on his first day in power, while previous president, Hamid Karzai, had vigorously resisted the move.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ ISIS OPENS A CONSULATE IN TURKISH CAPITAL AS THE LAST SEAT OF SATAN BEGINS ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 17 – Amid increasing doubts about Turkey’s loyalty to its NATO allies, the jihadist group ISIS has opened a consulate in the Turkish capital, according to a Middle East expert who monitors jihadist activity in the region.

The consulate in Ankara, apparently open with the tacit permission of the Turkish government, is issuing visas for those who want to join ISIS in its fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments, the source said.

The ISIS army, declaring the creation of the first Islamic caliphate since the end of the Ottoman Turkish Empire a century ago, has brutally seized large portions of Syria and Iraq.

Turkey has resisted joining the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, refusing even to allow the U.S. to use its bases to launch attacks on ISIS targets in Syria or Iraq.

This week, Turkish warplanes and artillery bombed the camps of Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country, near its borders with Iraq and Syria. U.S.-led coalition bombing has defended Kurds in Syria and Iraq from ISIS attacks. Turkey’s attack was on fighters of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, which historically has sought a portion of Turkey to form the independent country of Kurdistan, along with parts of Syria, Iraq and Iran.

The ISIS consulate is in the Cankaya district of Ankara, operating freely, the Middle East source said, giving the ISIS caliphate the political recognition normally afforded a country.

“Maybe what ISIS is doing serves one way or another in a new caliphate state ruled by the ‘Ottomans,” the WND source said.

While President Obama caters to Turkey’s Erdogan to join the coalition and continues to provide technology to Turkey as a NATO member, sources say the U.S. Congress should act and examine Turkey’s ties to ISIS and its affiliation with jihadi terrorists and those who fund them.

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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ Two Senior Commanders of Haqqani Network Captured by Afghan Forces ‘

#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN – October 16 – Two senior leaders of the Haqqani network have been captured by Afghan security forces, officials said Thursday.

Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders

Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders

The hardline group is behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

' Jalaluddin Haqqani '

‘ Jalaluddin Haqqani ‘

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency, arrested Anas Haqqani,

Anas Haqqani

Anas Haqqani

the son of the network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, late Tuesday along with Hafiz Rashid, another commander, AFP reported.

“We hope that these two arrests will have direct consequences on the network and their center of command,” NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said.

The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani — an Afghan guerrilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Now in his 70s and frail, he is believed to live with his family in Pakistan.

In the 1980s Jalaluddin was close to the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. He allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Kabul in 1996, serving as a cabinet minister under the militia’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

When American troops arrived after the 9/11 attacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan and became one of the first anti-US commanders based in the border areas.

He has training bases in eastern Afghanistan and is close to Al-Qaeda. His fighters are active across east and southeast Afghanistan and in the capital Kabul.

The network is militarily the most capable of the Afghan Taliban factions and operates independently but remains loyal to Mullah Omar.

Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group’s chief fundraiser and another son of its founder, on the edge of Islamabad last year.

A car bomb attack that killed more than 40 people in the Urgun district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province in July was blamed on the Haqqani network.

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KABUL: SUICIDE CAR BOMBING ON THE INCREASE AS WAY TO STOP NATO CONVOYS ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 13 – A suicide-car-bomber rammed a NATO military convoy along a major road out of Kabul early Monday, killing one Afghan civilian, Reuters reported.

Afghan official says suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 1 civilian

Afghan official says suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 1 civilian

Hours later, another suicide bomber killed a woman outside a clinic in a province east of Kabul.

A third bomb exploded in a market on the Afghanistan capital’s northern outskirts, wounding 22 people including three children, officials said.

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TURKEY: ‘ Foreign Minister Says Ground Operation Against Islamic State Unrealistic On Our Own ‘

#AceNewsServices – TURKEY – October 09 – Turkey’s foreign minister says it cannot be expected to lead a ground operation against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria on its own.

Turkey has tanks deployed along its border within sight of the fighting inside Kobane

Turkey has tanks deployed along its border within sight of the fighting inside Kobane

Mevlut Cavusoglu also called for the creation of a no-fly zone over its border with Syria after talks in Ankara with new NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.

Turkey is under intense pressure to do more to help Kurdish forces fighting IS in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane.

Reports say IS has been pushed back towards the outskirts of Kobane.

Earlier monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting “reliable sources”, said IS controlled a third of the town and was advancing towards the centre from eastern districts.

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‘ Top Taliban Leader of Islamic Movement Claims Victory in War in Afghanistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN – October 02 – The top leader of the Taliban Islamic movement, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has claimed victory in the War in Afghanistan over the US-led NATO forces in a special address to his supporters released on the occasion of Eid al-Adha Muslim holiday, Khaama Press reported on Thursday.

“Your Jihad and ungrudging sacrifices against the occupation have defeated the Americans, their Western allies and domestic supporters altogether with the Help of Allah,” he said in the message.

“All their strategies have proved to be ineffective, with their diplomatic efforts facing fiasco, besides disgrace and ignominy.

The NATO Summit in Wales under the leadership of America, the recent slandering in Afghanistan under the name of elections and the continuous advancements of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are proofs, speaking well for themselves,” the Taliban leader added.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, who has a $10 million bounty on his head from the US State Department, has been hiding since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001 after the US invasion.

About 41,000 NATO troops remain in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban insurgency alongside Afghan soldiers and police. NATO’s combat mission will end in December.

Earlier this week, the United States, NATO and Afghanistan signed a deal to formally justify the presence of a limited military contingent in the Central Asian state after the formal withdrawal of international forces.

A follow-on force of about 12,000 troops is likely to stay into 2015 on training and support duties.

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‘ Ashraf Ghani Signs Security Deals with US and NATO Agreeing to Keep 12,000 US Troops in Afghanistan ‘

#AceNewsServices – ABU DHABI – September 30 – New President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai signed on Tuesday security deals with the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allowing for the significant part of the international military contingent to remain in the Central Asian country after the expiration of the current year.

The security pacts were signed at the presidential palace in Kabul marking the first crucial international decision of Ahmadzai following one day only of his inauguration on Monday.

The US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been fighting Taliban militants in the Central Asian state since 2001 and was scheduled to pull out from Afghanistan by the end of this year, passing the responsibility for the security provision in the country to local Afghani military and police forces.

Tuesday’s signing of the military pacts with US and NATO was attended besides Ahmadzai by Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar, US Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham, NATO’s senior representative in Afghanistan Maurits Jochems and other officials.

“Our country will manage to maintain its sovereignty due to security guarantees, which such step is granting us,” Ahmadzai said during the signing ceremony. “The agreement with the United States and NATO fully corresponds with Afghanistan’s interests.”

According to The Wall Street Journal daily, Afghanistan’s security pacts with the United States and NATO will allow for some 12,000 foreign troops remain in the Central Asian state after 2014 and also provide to further financial aid’s flow to Kabul.

“The agreement is more than a commitment, it is a choice. It is a choice by Afghanistan to consolidate international support,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Ambassador Cunningham as saying on Tuesday. “It is a choice by the United States to continue cooperating with our Afghan partners on two important security missions.”

Sources: The Washington Post – Wall Street Journal – ITAR-TASS – NATO Media Services  

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‘ NATO Unable to Prove Military Presence in Ukraine’

#AceNewsServices – UKRAINE – September 27 – NATO has recently provided the photographs that allegedly proved the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.

However, the accuracy of the report was quickly compared to widely ridiculed studies of infamous “British scientists.” The provided photos lack such important details as the time and the location of the shooting.

It can be possible that the photos were made on the Russian territory during military maneuvers.

“When the Russian Defence Ministry provided satellite images of the crash site of the Malaysian Boeing, the photos contained the following character attributes: date, time and coordinates of the area.

On those data, specialists easily established what kind of satellites were used to make the photos, and it was confirmed that Russian satellites were staying above the area, when the tragedy occurred.

In case of the American photos that NATO exposed, there was nothing on them. There was no time, no coordinates, no recognizable features of the surface. The location of the shooting was mentioned only in the photo caption. Therefore, it is impossible to prove that the photos and its text characteristics correspond to each other.”

Igor Lisov, editor, columnist of “News of Cosmonautics”

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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ Taliban Detonate Bomb Next to NATO Force Convoy ‘

#AceWorldNews AFGHANISTAN(Kabul) September 16 – A Taliban attacker detonated his car bomb next to an international military convoy on Tuesday, killing three troops from the NATO-led force and wounding nearly 20 troops and civilians, officials said.

Security forces in full battle gear administered CPR to wounded comrades shortly after the 8:10 am. blast, which rattled nearby neighbourhoods and sent a plume of smoke high into the sky.

The attack happened only a couple hundred yards from the U.S. Embassy.

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BRUSSELS: ‘ Scotland Would Have To Reapply to Join EU and NATO Officials Stress ‘

#AceWorldNews – BRUSSELS – (Opinion) September 15 – If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they’ll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe’s postwar prosperity and security – the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defence alliance.

In breaking away from the rest of the United Kingdom, Scotland would automatically find itself outside both the EU and NATO, and have to reapply to join both, officials from those Brussels-based organizations have stressed.

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GERMANY: ‘ Angela Merkel and Steffen Seibert Deny Knowledge of Arms Delivered to Ukraine ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY (Berlin) – The German government has no knowledge of any country delivering weapons to the Ukraine government, Reuters quoted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman as saying on Monday. 

The question of whether weapons are being delivered should be directed to the countries that supposedly or allegedly are doing it.

We are not one of those countries and I know of no such thing,” Steffen Seibert said.

The spokesman made the comment when asked about the Ukrainian defence minister’s remarks that some NATO countries were sending arms to his country.

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NATO: ‘ Warships Enter Black Sea ‘

#AceWorldNewsSeptember 07 – Two NATO warships, Canadian frigate Toronto and Spain’s Almirante Juan de Borbon have entered Black Sea waters over the weekend, Itar Tass news agency reported referring to its military diplomatic source.

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The ships will take part in the international Sea Breeze drill, conducting exercises from September 8 to 10.

Commandant Birot

On Friday, another two NATO warships, the French Navy ship Commandant Birot and the US destroyer Ross, entered the area.

It is expected that the drill will also involve Turkish and Romanian frigates, as well as a Georgian patrol boat.

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NATO: ' David Cameron Speaks at North Atlantic Council – Video '

#AceNewsServices – NATO – September 05 – Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at the North Atlantic Council meeting on the future of NATO and the need to adapt to face new threats.

Watch the speech

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When NATO last met here in the UK in 1990, many would have hoped that its core aim would soon have been fulfilled. After the long years of the Cold War, the vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace seemed within our grasp. Yet today the protection and security that NATO provides is as vital to our future as it has ever been in our past.

We face new and evolving dangers. To the East, Russia is ripping up the rulebook with its annexation of Crimea and its troops on sovereign soil in Ukraine. To the South, an arc of instability bends from North Africa to the Middle East.

Last night we discussed the threat posed by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Iraq and Syria.

So our message is clear. We are united in our condemnation of these barbaric and despicable acts. They should be very clear, these terrorists: their threats will only harden our resolve to stand up for our values and to defeat them.

To do so – and to deal with all the threats we face – our great alliance must now evolve and refocus on the new capabilities that we need to keep our people safe. And I hope that in these sessions today we can agree the changes that are needed. For me there are 3.

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NATO SUMMIT LIVE: ' Day Two Coverage As It Happens '

#AceNewsServices – NATO – (Wales ) – September 05 – Day Two – Watch live coverage of the NATO 2014 Summit (4 to 5 September 2014). This page will be updated regularly. 

Day 1: major announcements

NATO leaders reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Afghanistan.They called on the 2 presidential candidates to work together and to conclude the necessary security agreements as soon as possible. The Wales Summit Declaration on Afghanistan pays tribute to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and sets out future actions and support in Afghanistan. David Cameron also praised the armed forces that have played a part in Afghanistan in his opening remarks.

Leaders pledged to provide strong support to help Ukraine improve its own security at a meeting with Ukraine President Poroshenko.

The UK also secured a NATO style military covenant – the Armed Forces Declaration at the summit, strengthening support for armed forces.

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UKRAINE: ' How Does Any Country Protect its Security When Attacked? – Video '

#AceNewsServices – NATO(Opinion) – September 04 – When a country is attacked by conventional land, sea or air forces, it is usually clear how to best respond.

But what happens when it is attacked by a mixture of special forces, information campaigns and back-door proxies? What’s the best response?

And how can international security organisations like NATO adapt to these attacks?

Download: http://www.nato.int/docu/review/2014/Russia-Ukraine-Nato-crisis/Russia-Ukraine-crisis-war/files/3035.mov

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NATO SUMMIT NEWS: ' World Leaders Arrive at Summit As NATO's Top Official Accuses Russia of Attacking Ukraine '

#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (Wales) – September 04 – As World Leaders arrive at NATO Summit it has been reported by Reuters

that NATO’s top official accused Moscow outright on Thursday of attacking Ukraine as allied leaders gathered for a summit to buttress support for Kiev and bolster defences against a Russia they now see as hostile for the first time since the Cold War.

U.S. President Barack Obama and his 27 allies meeting at a golf resort in Wales will also discuss how to tackle the Islamic State straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, which has emerged as a new threat on the alliance’s southern flank, and how to stabilise Afghanistan when NATO forces leave at year’s end.

"We are faced with a dramatically changed security environment," NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on arrival at the summit. "To the east, Russia is attacking Ukraine."

His statement stepped up Western rhetoric against Moscow and set the tone for a two-day meeting marked by a return to east-west confrontation 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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UKRAINE: ' What Were The Main Objectives of Russian Leader?

#AceNewsServices – NATO (Opinion) – September 04 – What were the main objectives of Russian leader President Putin when he embarked on his support for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine?

http://www.nato.int/docu/review/2014/Russia-Ukraine-Nato-crisis-2/Ukraine-Russia-Western-countries-Putin/files/3083.wmv

Did they go beyond territory and aim to create – or increase – divisions between Western countries?

And if so, has this strategy worked? NATO Review asks some leading security figures how they saw it.

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