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NATO Rolls Out New Strike Force

NATO on Thursday rolled out its new strike force designed to spearhead the transformation of the Cold War alliance into a 21st-century peacemaker. War games involving air, sea and land forces from 11 nations mark the debut for the NATO Response Force which brings together elite troops from around the alliance into a single unit to tackle threats from terrorists, rogue states or regional crises. French paratroopers, Spanish marines, Turkish special forces and German ground-attack planes will team up to deal with a fictional threat to U.N. personnel and civilians from terrorists and hostile soldiers on the coast close to this Aegean Sea city. The exercise aims to show off the potential of the prototype response force, which should be fully operational in 2006 with a strength of 20,000. Full Story

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