Latest North Atlantic Treaty Organization News

Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations

Nov. 13, 2019 6:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and Ankara facing a Washington backlash over attacks on...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 12, 2019 6:26 AM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

Trump, Macron to meet after French president criticized NATO

Nov. 12, 2019 2:46 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the Dec. 3-4 NATO summit in London. Macron tweeted that he had an "excellent discussion" with Trump on Monday evening about Syria, Iran and the NATO military alliance. They evoked "lots of...

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Nov. 11, 2019 6:00 PM EST

A BASE IN EASTERN SYRIA (AP) — At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and...

Trump to confront Turkey about buying Russian defense system

Nov. 10, 2019 9:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump will confront Turkey's leader about his decision to buy a Russian air defense system when they meet this week at the White House amid strained relations between the two NATO allies. Trump's national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, said Sunday that the United States...

Next EU chief defends NATO after Macron criticism

Nov. 8, 2019 2:31 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The president-elect of the European Union's executive Commission is defending NATO after French President Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the military alliance's "brain death." Ursula von der Leyen didn't explicitly address Macron's criticism in a speech Friday but...

Pompeo stresses allied unity, defends Trump policies

Nov. 8, 2019 7:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed Friday the need for traditional Western allies to work together to face modern threats, while at the same time defending Trump administration policies on tariffs, NATO spending and other issues that have raised the ire of traditional friends. On...

Pompeo stresses NATO's importance in Germany visit

Nov. 7, 2019 3:02 PM EST

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the close ties between their two countries Thursday, batting away talk of trans-Atlantic friction and insisting that the NATO alliance that both are part of remains relevant today. Their strong defense of the...

French leader laments NATO's 'brain death' due to US absence

Nov. 7, 2019 11:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the "brain death" of the NATO military alliance, insisting in an interview published Thursday that the European Union must step up and start acting as a strategic world power. Macron's public criticism of the...

Germany's Merkel: 2% of GDP on defense by 2031 'realistic'

Nov. 7, 2019 11:20 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is calling for the country to spend 2% of gross domestic product on defense by 2031, a target Chancellor Angela Merkel called "realistic but ambitious." NATO members in 2014 agreed to "aim to move toward" increasing defense spending to 2% of GDP by 2024. The U.S....