After withdrawing, the United States and NATO aim to rely on Afghan military and police forces, to maintain security.
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg urges Russia to end troop build-up around Ukraine and de-escalate tensions after a meeting with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels.
Russia's deputy foreign minister raised concerns over what he said was increasing Black Sea naval activity by powers that did not have a coastline in the region, an apparent reference to the United States.
Russia has built up troops along the border, raising fears of a major escalation in the long-running conflict in Ukraine's mainly Russian-speaking east.
While Washington is indisputably the leading force in the Atlantic alliance, a member state like Hungary, which has unfriendly ties with Ukraine, could veto entry to NATO.
Russia's provocations are not going unheard in the West where tangible support for Ukraine is only increasing.
Ukrainian President Zelenskiy calls on NATO member states to strengthen their military presence in the Black Sea region to act as a "powerful deterrent" to Russia. Kremlin says NATO membership for Ukraine would do no good in resolving the conflict.
Social media users stirred alarm as they shared images that reveal an ongoing Russian build-up along its shared border with Ukraine.
NATO and Kiev have warned Russia against building up troops near eastern Ukraine, prompting Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov to threaten Western countries with force if they send troops to join the fray.
Insurgent group says its fighters will be "compelled to" fight foreign forces if the US fails to meet the May 1 deadline to withdraw its remaining soldiers from Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Najla al Mangoush tells visiting top diplomats of France, Germany and Italy that an estimated 20,000 mercenaries and foreign fighters must "leave the Libyan lands immediately."
The latest UK led defence review prioritises, amongst other things, a deepening relationship with Turkey.
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