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After eight years of running Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, NATO has formally handed over control to the United States at an end of mission ceremony.

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"We cannot shut off our memories. We know from our past how aggressive Russia can be if there is no very clear and strict action from the west against this kind of aggression," says Marko Mihkelson,

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There is an element of farce about the latest submarine hunt in the Stockholm archipelago.

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http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_113987.htm?selectedLocale=en
NATO is playing its part too. We all stand with our Ally Turkey, which is literally on the front line. And while the air campaign is not a NATO operation, NATO Allies provide the bulk of the military assets that are now being deployed to degrade ISIL.

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http://www.house.gov/content/features/20140918/
We believe now is the time to add defensive military aid, including weapons, to our support of Ukraine.

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http://www.forsvarsmakten.se/sv/aktuellt/2014/10/bilder-fran-operationsomradet/
Over the weekend, Sweden launched an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) operation for the first time since the Cold War.

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From AFP:  The Swedish armed forces announced a military operation in islands off Stockholm late Friday evening following reports of suspicious "foreign underwater activity."

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The number of Ukrainians in favor of joining the NATO alliance has risen sharply during Kiev's drawn-out conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country, a poll showed Thursday.

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From RIA Novosti:  Sopka teams, tasked to detect and prevent cyberattacks, have been created within the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), the ministry's Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Col. Igor Yegorov told journalists Thursday.

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The German armed forces have come clean. They've admitted they're incapable of managing arms procurement—and have systematically neglected the hardware that's already in service.

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