Robert Gates

Libya war exposes ‘Nato’s chronic weaknesses’

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has upbraided Nato for its dependence on the US military, saying this puts the alliance's mission in Libya at risk.

Gaddafi seen on ‘back foot’ as fighting rages

Libyan rebels appear to be gaining ground against Muammer Gaddafii, the British defence minister said, despite a deadly attack on Misrata port.

Gates: China’s military advances challenge US power

A United States military presence in the Pacific is essential to restrain Chinese assertiveness, Washington's defence chief said on Friday.

US again urges North Korea to meet its obligations

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Friday held out the possibility of a resumption of six-party talks if North Korea ceases provocations.

US, China play down military rivalry

The defence chiefs of the United States and China on Monday sought to play down a growing military rivalry between the two countries.

West wants solidarity as Iran steps up nuclear programme

Iran has declared it will begin enriching its uranium stockpile to a higher level, further raising fears over the country's nuclear ambitions.

US: al-Qaeda could provoke India-Pakistan conflict

Al-Qaeda is seeking to destabilise South Asia and could trigger a war between Pakistan and India, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday.

Burma junta under new pressure over cyclone victims

Burma's junta on Saturday came under renewed international pressure from rights groups and the United States defence chief, who said its slow response to the cyclone disaster had cost "tens of thousands of lives". US Defence Secretary Robert Gates criticised the delay in allowing in foreign aid, saying US ships could have swiftly brought relief.

Turk envoy tells Iraq no timetable for pull-out

Turkey declined on Wednesday to give Baghdad a timetable for the withdrawal of troops fighting Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq, resisting pressure from the United States and other allies to end the offensive quickly. Thousands of Turkish troops crossed the border on Thursday to root out Kurdistan Workers' Party fighters.

Al-Qaeda kingpin killed by US strike, say officials

A top al-Qaeda commander who led Osama bin Laden's terror network in Afghanistan was believed to have been killed when a missile fired by a United States drone hit his Pakistani hideout, officials said on Friday. Abu Laith al-Libi is said to be one of bin Laden's key lieutenants.

Russia threatens to leave missile treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened on Friday in talks with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to abandon a key nuclear-missile treaty, while also telling Washington to freeze plans for a European anti-missile shield. The Kremlin leader said the Cold War-era INF treaty limiting Russian and US short- and medium-range missiles was outmoded.

Russia warns against Iran war

Russia expressed worry on Tuesday over the possibility of war with Iran as French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner pressed for tougher sanctions against the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasised Russia's "concern" over "multiple reports that military action against Iran is being seriously considered.

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