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# ongoing mission
US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after end of combat operations
Under the plan announced at the White House, America will gradually withdraw troops until only a small residual force remains.
# standoff
Russia: We've pulled back from Ukraine border. US: No you haven't
40,000 Kremlin troops are estimated to be on Ukraine’s eastern frontier.
# Deaths
Five NATO soldiers killed in British helicopter crash in Afghanistan
The cause of the helicopter crash is not immediately known.
# Ukraine
Invasion fears rise as Russia accuses Kiev of 'crimes against its own people'
Vladimir Putin has warned of “consequences” to the military action.
# crisis
Are Russian troops withdrawing from the Ukrainian border? Not as far as NATO can see
Ukraine reported yesterday that troops had started leaving the area.
# annex
Russia requests that Crimean officials release captured Ukraine navy chief
Kiev today reneged on a post-Soviet agreement to allow freedom of movement for Russians into Ukraine.
# tensions
Tatars urge NATO to intervene in Ukraine "before there is a massacre"
The European Court of Human Rights has called on Russia to avoid military action, while a protester was stabbed in the west of Ukraine.
# hostile
Ukraine's navy chief switches allegiance to the pro-Russian authorities
Denis Berezovsky said in a televised statement that he “swears allegiance to the residents of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea”.
# Ukraine
"Russia must stop" - NATO chief
The NATO council is meeting today to discuss tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
# unrest
At least seven killed during fresh wave of violence in Kiev
The incident has been condemned by the USA, EU and NATO.
Column: Should Ireland join NATO?
Forging closer ties with NATO could enable Ireland to combat global terrorism writes Colm Ó Broin.
# Drone strike
Taliban name interim chief as Pakistan mulls US response
Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani will take over a temporary head of the Taliban group.
# oh my
The French army's new warplane is monstrous
Is this the future of European military airspace?
# Taliban
US-Taliban talks 'not scheduled'
The US State Department said that reports of a meeting being scheduled “aren’t accurate”.
# Afghanistan
Afghanistan suspends talks with US over name of new Taliban office
The Taliban’s decision to use the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan name on its new office in Qatar has prompted the ire of the Afghan government.
# Afghanistan
Seven Taliban leaders killed after assault on NATO airport base
The attacks illustrate that despite Kabul’s security blanket, the insurgency in Afghanistan is far from defeated.
# Afghanistan
Suicide bombing targets NATO convoy in Kabul
At least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded in the attack in the Afghan capital.
# Afghanistan
Nine killed after bomb hits Afghan bus
The bomb blast in which 22 people were also injured follows a NATO air strike on Saturday which killed 11 children.
# War
NATO strike kills 10 children in Afghanistan: officials
Eight militants also died in the attack and six women were injured.
Ireland committed to Partnership for Peace but has no plans to join NATO - Shatter
The Justice Minister’s statement followed recent comments by the Secretary General of Nato, who “warmly welcomed” the prospect of Ireland becoming more involved in future Nato projects.
# Iran
Timeline: Iran's controversial nuclear programme
Yesterday Iran and six world powers met for talks on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Ireland give up its neutrality?
Ireland’s neutrality has always been an important factor in elections but is it a good thing?
Audio: NATO wants Ireland to get more involved with military alliance
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen addressed an audience in Dublin last night.
# Afghanistan
New NATO commander takes the helm in Afghanistan
The American-led NATO coalition is entering the final stretch of its participation in a war that will have lasted more than 13 years when most foreign combat troops pull out at the end of 2014.
# Red October
Security company discovers online attack to steal EU and NATO files
Kaspersky says the ‘Red October’ virus has been targeting embassies across Europe – including in Ireland.
# Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Bomb blast at US military base
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed the bomber and three Afghans at the gate to the base.
# Kabul
Afghan policewoman kills US adviser in Kabul
The killing of the American, who worked as a contractor with the Nato command, is the first known insider attack by a woman in Afghanistan.
# Syria
NATO: Syrian regime approaching collapse
Moscow also admitted today that its longtime Damascus ally might lose its battle with rebels.
# Afghanistan
Five Afghans killed after Taliban launch attacks on air base
The base in Jalalabad was staffed by both US and Afghan troops. The attacks prompted a two-hour firefight.
# Petraeus
New twist in Petraeus sex scandal as top US commander investigated
The top American commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for alleged “inappropriate communications” with Jill Kelley who has been implicated in the Petraeus scandal.
# Libya
Libya claims arrest of ex-Gaddafi spokesperson, but he denies it
The public face of the Gaddafi regime, Moussa Ibrahim, has denied in audio message that he has been arrested but there has been no confirmation it is him.
# Protest
Group to hold anti-war protest outside Dáil
The Irish Anti War Movement is calling for an end to US military flights out of Shannon Airport.
# Syria
Turkey authorises military operations in Syria
Move follows shelling of Turkish village by Syria.
# Retaliation
Emergency NATO meeting called after Syrian shell kills five people in Turkey
NATO is to meet urgently to discuss the events of today, which include reports of a retaliation.
# Afghanistan
Afghan bombing kills three NATO troops and translator
Three Nato soldiers and their translator have been killed in a bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
# Afghanistan
Taliban claims credit for NATO cuts to Afghan patrols
Meanwhile, Prince Harry had to go under armed guard when the Taliban attacked the Afghan base he is on.
# Afghanistan
Four NATO troops shot dead by 'Afghan police'
It’s the second such attack by suspected Afghan police in 24 hours.
# Afghanistan
Suicide bombing kills at least 6 in central Kabul
Afghan authorities say a suicide bomber has blown himself up near Nato headquarters in Kabul, killing at least 6 people.
# Afghanistan
US stops training some Afghan forces after attacks
The training of some Afghan forces has been suspended while the US military review the process of vetting new recruits following a spike in deadly attacks on international troops last month.