In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump’s choices range from bad to worse

U.S. President Donald Trump’s push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces. The objective of the coming U.S.-backed offensive is the city of Raqqa, Islamic […]

Mike Pence warns Nato it must boost defence spending

US Vice-President Mike Pence has warned members of the Nato alliance to meet their defence spending targets. Speaking in Brussels, Mr Pence said that the American people could lose patience with Nato members if they did not share the burden of defence. However, he also sought to reassure European leaders, saying the US remained committed […]

NATO to US: Yes, sir, Mr. Trump

Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their “fair share” of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was “obsolete” because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism. On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence took the Trump message to NATO headquarters […]

Pence: US commitment to NATO ‘unwavering’

Vice President Pence on Saturday reassured allies that Washington’s commitment to NATO is “unwavering,” according to the Associated Press. During his first international trip as vice president, Pence reiterated that the U.S. is prepared to fully back the trans-Atlantic alliance despite some concerns in Europe. “I bring you this assurance: The United States of America strongly […]

NATO braces for first talks with Trump’s defence chief

NATO allies meet new US Defence Secretary James Mattis for the first time in Brussels Wednesday, seeking reassurance over President Donald Trump’s commitment but bracing for military spending demands. Pentagon head Mattis has voiced support for the transatlantic alliance, in contrast with the sceptical Trump, and has been tougher on Russia than his boss, whose […]

Nato has our ‘unshakeable commitment’, Pentagon chief vows

James Mattis, the new US defence secretary, has reassured his British counterpart that Washington has an “unshakeable commitment” to Nato, despite Donald Trump previously casting the military alliance as obsolete. During a phone call with Michael Fallon on his first full day in office, Mattis “emphasized the United States’ unshakeable commitment to Nato”, Pentagon spokesman […]

How World War III could begin in Latvia

Four years ago, I predicted Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here’s my next prediction, which by now will strike many people as obvious: The Baltics are next, and will pose one of President-elect Donald Trump’s first and greatest tests. It probably won’t take the form of an overt invasion. Russian President Vladimir Putin has a clear goal […]

Kremlin: Almost all communication between the US and Russia has ceased

The Kremlin said on Wednesday almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States have been frozen but the U.S. State Department disputed the statement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia did not expect the incoming U.S. administration to quickly reject enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and that almost all communication with […]

Russia moves missiles closer to Europe in retaliation for Nato deployments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his country will move missiles closer to Europe over “concern” about Nato expansion. Moscow will deploy S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander missiles in the exclave of Kaliningrad, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker told the state-owned RIA news agency. “Why are we reacting to Nato expansion so emotionally? We are concerned […]

4,000 NATO troops take part in Lithuania’s largest exercise near Russia’s border

Eleven NATO countries have sent 4,000 troops to Lithuania, the largest Baltic nation, to participate in this year’s Iron Sword exercises. The war games are meant to test the country’s ability to rapidly deploy a large number of troops. The exercise, which started on Sunday and is set to last till December 2, involves training […]