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Terror Fight Transforms NATO, Chief Says

The new U.S. commander of NATO in Europe outlined his vision Tuesday of an alliance transformed to tackle terrorism, saying a new rapid reaction force was taking shape. U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones told reporters first elements of the force should be operational this year. It would eventually be able to deploy thousands of troops to trouble spots around the world. “We are seeing a military metamorphosis of the alliance,” said Jones, who took up his NATO post Jan. 17. “If the nations wish to have a force that has an out-of-area capability, beyond a regional capability, we could build that.” Jones’ comments came as NATO diplomats in Brussels embark on tentative discussions on a possible alliance role in peacekeeping in Afghanistan, or even postwar Iraq. Full Story

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