Afghan withdrawal offers rich pickings
On February 16, French transport minister Thierry Mariana obtained Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s agreement to repatriate by rail hundreds of [...]
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a North American and European defensive alliance of 28 countries. NATO members are supposed to spend 2% of their GDP on defence. NATO’s budget accounts for 70% of the world’s military expenditure, the majority of which comes from the United States.
Rivalry between President Nicolas Sarkozy and French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande ahead of France's upcoming presidential poll has brought forward the deadline for French troops to leave Afghanistan from 2014, as was initially planned, to within the coming year. [...]