Pentagon chiefs defend NATO after Trump criticism

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WASHINGTON: Pentagon leaders said Wednesday that NATO remains vital to global security inter-ests, rejecting Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s assertion that the military alli-ance is “obsolete.” “NATO has played an instrumental role in Afghanistan and helping the Afghan government and the Afghan security forces restore decency and some stability in the country,” De-fense Secretary Ashton Carter said at an event in Florida. “We are working with NATO now on strengthening the deterrence of Russian aggression,” he added, also pointing to current NATO mis-sions such as its patrolling for migrant-smuggling vessels in the Aegean Sea. Trump has repeatedly criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the 28-member military alliance established after World War II to counter the Soviet Union.

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