1. CHECKMATE

    NATO Approves Force to Check Russia

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L), talks with Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R), ahead of a meeting on the second day of the NATO 2014 Summit at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales, on September 5, 2014. NATO leaders are expected to announce a raft of fresh sanctions against Russia on Friday over its actions in Ukraine, although hopes remain that a ceasefire can be forged at peace talks in Minsk on the same day.  AFP PHOTO/ALAIN JOCARD/POOL        (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pool photo by Alain Jocard

    Leaders of NATO agreed to build a rapid-response team that can quickly assemble if an aggressor crosses an allied country's border—namely, Russia. “Should you even think of attacking one ally, you will be facing the whole alliance,” Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday. The force will be based in Eastern Europe. British Prime Minister David Cameron offered 3,500 personnel to the team and suggested its headquarters be in Poland with equipment stockpiled in the most eastern member countries. Rasmussen also noted that NATO is prepared to help fight back militants in Iraq, but there has not been a request from the Iraqi government.

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