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Mark Urban Article written by Mark Urban Mark Urban Diplomatic and defence editor, BBC Newsnight

New Nato boss Jens Stoltenberg on alliance's challenges

With most Nato members intent on cutting defence spending, Mark Urban asks the alliance's new chief Jens Stoltenberg how he can stop it becoming an association of broken promises.

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    Comment number 12.

    E. Mediterranean gas fields negotiated among EU, Turkey, Iran, Syria, & Lebanon. Aside from Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Pipeline, existence of gas fields is also reason why Kremlin has created grip in Syria. This was done by upgrading Soviet-era naval facilities. Moreover, Iran has agreed to help develop natural gas fields for Beirut and Damascus. Is this what's behind Syrian situation?

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    Comment number 11.

    Mark, sorry to misplace this, but I don't know where else to put my thoughts, which are bothering me.
    Syria is central to 2 important energy corridors. 1. Turkey & Caspian to Israel & Red Sea + 2. Iraq to Mediterranean. Surrender of Syria would mean US & allies would control energy routes, plus natural gas fields off the Lebanese & Syrian coastline, most importantly keeping China away.

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    Comment number 10.

    Babar Ahmad. Met paid him £60K - was this to keep incident out of public view. Will we get our money back or can prosecution appeal innocent decision re cops?

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    Comment number 9.

    Obama & Cameron discussed the world's 2 ongoing wars of aggression - Afghanistan & Libya. I guess they decided to bomb Tripoli FLAT. Amidst their barbecue jokes/humor, Libyan, Afghan & Pakistani civilians endured Hellfire missiles.
    NATO launched a one-hour bombardment of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, most ferocious attack in more than two months, killing 19 people & injuring over 130 others.

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    Comment number 8.

    Here it comes - what all this negativity against Pakistan has been leading up to:
    NATO has admitted that the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons is a matter of deep concern, this the day after the assault on a Pakistani military base. NATO (Rasmussen) said it's a matter of concern and we follow the situation closely.
    Guess where the next imperialist war is headed...


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