Estonian parlt gives defense forces mandate to participate in intl missions
The Riigikogu on Wednesday adopted nine decisions concerning the participation of up to 371 members of the Estonian defense forces in international missions in 2017.
Servicemen sent on anti-Daesh mission
Within operation Inherent Resolve to fight the terrorist organisation Daesh, six Estonian servicemen travel to Iraq this coming Monday.
29.07.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: European unity needed to solve migration crisis
At the moment, the European Union is faced with largest migration of nations since end of WW2. People are coming from various parts of the world and for various reasons.
Dozens of flights above a reactor in flames
«I went there twice,» says a most unique liquidator of the nuclear catastrophe, the Lithuanian helicopter pilot Algirdas.
25.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Editorial: Europe is in war
In the war increasingly at hand, what we obviously need is unified European action into which Estonia will need to invest with ideas as well as deeds.
Editorial: Estonians the conflict solvers
UN peacekeepers were taken to Southern Lebanon in 1978 to help the central government gain control over the region. Initially the security council gave its mandate for half a year. Till today, the mission keeps going in the restless region.
Estonian govt approves package of foreign mission bills for 2016
The Estonian government on Thursday approved proposals of the defense minister for using members of the defense forces to fulfil Estonia's international obligations on different missions.
Estonia eyes engagement against ISIS
At defence ministry, ideas have been put into writing regarding Estonia's options between three likely foreign missions looming. A scenario would take our soldiers back to Iraq, to train combatants fighting Islamic State.
26.10.2015, Oliver KundPM
Afghanistan organizes analogue for Estonian 'Let's Do It!' civil initiative
A campaign titled "Let's Do It!", an analogue for an Estonian civil initiative bearing the same name (in Estonian «Teeme ara!»), took place in Afghanistan on Aug. 8 and 9 with 9,200 people participating, including in Kabul where three suicide bombings took place a day earlier.
Finland seeks to make migrants go home for money
A large yet little discussed problem for the overwhelmed EU immigration policy are asylum seekers whose need for asylum goes unconfirmed.
12.08.2015, Martin DislisPM
«Putin is as powerful as Estonia's president!»
In Russia, things are bad. Judge for yourself: anti-Putin conspiracy is already underway! Liquidation of Russia is being attempted! Putin's orders aren't being obeyed! Russia isn't a sovereign state and needs to be saved!
28.07.2015, Jaanus PiirsaluTe
Kümme Afganistani ämmaemandat saabus Eestisse õppima
Nädalavahetusel alustasid kuuajalist Eesti visiiti kümme ämmaemandat, kelle külakäigust osa on ka vaatlused Ida-Tallinna keskhaigla naistekliiniku erinevates osakondades.
04.05.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Tarmo Miilits named EUPOL deputy chief in Afghanistan
Tarmo Miilits, so far head of the police component of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan) has been appointed deputy head of EUPOL Afghanistan.
Vaata, kes juhivad viisavaba reisimise nimistut
Viie riigi kodanikud naudivad viisavaba reisimist 174 riiki maailmas, juhtides sellega ka viisavaba reisimise nimistut, eestlased jagavad mitme riigiga 14. kohta.
08.04.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Former Guantanamo inmate granted flat and helper in Estonia
Wednesday night saw arrival into Estonia of Ahmed Abdul Qader (31) released from detention in Guantanamo for over 12 years.
16.01.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Fresh foreign minister casts Rõivas as long term top squirrel
After two weeks as foreign minister, Keit Pentus-Rosimannus (Reform Party) promises to keep reminding her Western colleagues about the security police officer Eston Kohver case and hopes the Estonian ship guards held in India will be back home pretty soon.
03.12.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Allied forces to remain in Estonia
Yesterday’s NATO foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels was the first after the alliance’s September summit in Wales. While three months back the vision was laid down to strengthen collective defence, yesterday an overview was provided on advancement thus far.
03.12.2014, Jürgen TammePM
Government adopts 7 foreign mission bills for next year
Estonian government on Thursday adopted bills according to which next year up to 154 members of the Estonian defense forces would take part in international military operations in the NATO Response Force (NRF) as well as in Afghanistan, Mali, Kosovo, the Middle East and the Nordic Battle Group of the European Union.
Estonia to contribute up to 25 troops to Afghanistan follow-up mission
Estonia intends to deploy up to 25 members of the defense forces to the NATO follow-up mission in Afghanistan, including up to 15 members of the special forces.
The United States and Estonia - NATO Allies and Global Partners
President Obama met with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and Estonian Prime Minister Tavi Roivas in Tallinn, Estonia on September 3. The visit reinforced the close ties between the United States and Estonia, which are rooted in our shared values, ideals, and interests.
04.09.2014, The White House, Office of the Press SecretaryPM
Obama says USA «dedicated to defend Estonia»
In Tallinn press conference with Estonian counterpart Toomas Hendrik Ilves, US President Barack Obama said Estonia will never stand alone again. The United States of America dedicates itself to defend Estonia’s security, said the President.
03.09.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Ilves: contribution to the security of Afghanistan has been a contribution to our own security
«Thanks to your experiences and courage, the Estonian Defence Forces are more effective and more professional,» said the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves on Friday in Kadriorg, when he addressed the last contingent of the Estonian Defence Forces to serve in the NATO led mission in Afghanistan.
Editorial: time for Estonia to cash its NATO checks
Arrival of US 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team – 150 soldiers – into Estonia, to be rotated till the end of year at least, is a strong sign for sure. Up to now, the defence alliance has avoided permanent Western presence, unwilling to provoke Kremlin.
Monument to fallen in Afghanistan moved to Paldiski
Commander of the Defence Forces, Major General Riho Terras, on visit to Afghanistan since Monday night, assisted by Estonian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, yesterday removed the cross and plaque bearing names of the nine fallen from the monument at Camp Bastion; the elements of the monument will be transported to Estonia and will, in April 2014, be erected in vicinity of 1st Infantry Brigade, in Paldiski.
Estonian Special Operations Force serving near Kabul
Estonian Special Operations Force (ESTSOF) serving in Afghanistan with U.S soldiers is deployed in Afghanistan near Kabul, it appears from the covering letter of a bill initiated by the Estonian Ministry of Defense.
Estonian ESTCOY-16 carries out nine big operations in Afghanistan in three months
The last but one Estonian combat unit in Afghanistan, ESTCOY-16, conducted nine bigger operations in Afghanistan in the area of responsibility of Task Force Helmand since taking over responsibility in mid-May.
AFP reportaaž: Kabuli postiljon peab nimetutel tänavatel detektiivi mängima
Kabulis pole paljudel tänavatel nime ja ka majadel puudub tihti number, muutes kirjade kohaletoimetamise pigem detektiiviametiks.
17.07.2013, Kadri Veermäe
Piltuudis: jahutav suvesuplus Kabuli mudatiigis
Eile valitses Afganistani pealinnas Kabulis üle 30-kraadine suvekuumus. Paljud noorukid otsustasid mudasest ujumispaigast hoolimata end lainetesse jahutama söösta.
Head of Estonian parlt defense committee gets Afghan Interior Ministry medal
Afghanistan's fire and disaster service chief Maj. Gen. Mahboob Amiri, who is currently visiting Estonia, on Thursday conferred the Afghan Interior Ministry's service medal on the chairman of the Estonian parliamentary national defense committee, Mati Raidma.
ESTCOY-16 carries out first operation in Afghanistan
The Estonian infantry company ESTCOY-16 that was deployed to Afghanistan at the beginning of May carried out its first operation in the Nad-e Ali district of the southern Helmand province.
Estonia fears influx of refugees
Background for denial of asylum for Omar, interpreter for Estonian military in Afghanistan and applying for refugee status in Estonia.
15.05.2013, Tuuli KochPM
Evelyn Kaldoja: 60 monsters from Afghanistan
I do not count every difference a tremendous enrichment. Rather, I treat tolerance as a combination of love for fellow men and rational realisation that different does not automatically mean dangerous. High indeed rose my eyebrows upon hearing that our government substantiated denial of asylum to an Afghani interpreter, long cooperating with Estonian soldiers in the dangerous Helmand, by the risk of some 60 of his colleagues coming over as well.
06.05.2013, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian troops find 85 kilograms of drugs, IED factory in Afghanistan
The Estonian infantry company ESTCOY-15 serving in Afghanistan discovered nearly 85 kilograms of narcotics and a factory for making improvised explosive devices, and seized weapons and communication equipment from anti-government insurgents during this week's operations.
Estonia helping Afghanistan train firefighters
The Foreign Ministry is supporting a project of the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences that aims to help train firefighters and rescue workers in Afghanistan and develop their leadership skills.
Granting asylum is not political decision - Estonian PM
Making decisions on asylum requests is a humanitarian act, not a political decision, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip said on Thursday in a comment on the government's rejection of an Afghan interpreter's asylum application.
Karzai to Postimees: a happy ex-president, I’ll remain in homeland
In Tallinn, on Tuesday morning, the Afghani president Hamid Karzai promised to remain in his homeland after the second term in office expires in 2014, and not to intervene overly in his successor’s work.
02.05.2013, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonian formin reaffirms continued support for reconstruction of Afghanistan
In a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul in Tallinn on Tuesday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said Estonia intends to continue to support the reconstruction of Afghanistan also after the coalition troops have left that country next year.
Ilves to the Afghan head of state: Responsibility for one’s freedom makes each state stronger and more successful
At the official reception ceremony in Kadriorg, where the Estonian Defence Forces' guard of honour stood in attendance and the Estonian and Afghan national anthems were played, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves greeted the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai who today arrived on a state visit to Estonia.
President of Afghanistan to arrive on a state visit to Estonia
Today, the President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, will arrive on a state visit to Estonia at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Monument to fallen Estonian soldiers to be brought from Afghanistan to Paldiski
A roundtable organized by the parliamentary National Defense Committee supported a proposal to bring a monument to Estonian soldiers killed in Afghanistan to Estonia after the end of the mission and put it up at the base of the Scouts Battalion in Paldiski.
Paet: NATO-Russia co-operation in Afghanistan intensifying
At the meeting of the NATO and Russian foreign ministers in Brussels, it was agreed that there are a great deal of areas in which NATO-Russia co-operation is growing closer. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that these areas are improving the security situation in Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism and narcotics, and anti-piracy activities. There are also areas – such as missile defence – in which no visible progress has been made.
Taliban röövis Afganistanis helikopteri meeskonna ja reisijad
Äärmusislamistliku rühmituse Taliban võitlejad röövisid hädamaandumise teinud helikopteri meeskonna ja reisijad.
23.04.2013, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Human rights court's decision allows to reject young Afghan's application
The European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment on Tuesday that could influence the way Estonia will decide about whether or not to grant asylum to a young Afghan man claiming to be in danger after the coalition troops leave the country because of his service as interpreter to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the evening news of ETV television said.
Afganistanis pääsesid kaks prantslast samal päeval pantvangist
Afganistanis nelja kuu eest pantvangi võetud ja üleeile vabaks lastud prantslase Pierre Borghi vanemad sõnasid, et nende poeg on hea tervise juures. Lisaks vabastati temaga samal päeval veel üks Prantsuse kodanikud, kuid kohalike ametnike väitel pole juhtumid üksteisega seoses.
09.04.2013, Kadri VeermäePM
Paet: Afghanistan is important development co-operation priority partner for Estonia
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with Catriona Laing, the head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the capital of Helmand Province Lashkar Gah. “Due to the reduction of foreign troops, civilian co-operation and development aid play an increasingly important role in building up Afghanistan and supporting the development of the country,” Paet emphasised.
Paet recognised Estonian soldiers serving in Afghanistan
Today Foreign Minister Urmas Paet met with the Estonian infantry company Estcoy-15 and soldiers of the logistics support unit at Camp Bastion.
Paet in Kabul: Estonia’s support for Afghanistan will continue after allied forces have left
When meeting with Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Zalmai Rassoul today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that a military contribution in Afghanistan as well as supporting society through civil and development co-operation have been part of Estonia’s long-term goal of helping Afghanistan on the path to development. “Estonia’s support in the form of civilian projects will continue in Afghanistan even after most of the international security forces have been pulled out,” Paet noted.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Begins Visit to Afghanistan
Starting today, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet is on a visit to Afghanistan. Foreign Minister Paet stated that the purpose of the visit is to discuss future developments in Afghanistan as well as matters related to reducing the number of foreign troops. Estonia’s development co-operation projects in Afghanistan will also be discussed. The foreign minister would also like to express his support and thanks to the Estonian soldiers and police officers serving in Afghanistan.
Estonia's toll from 10 years in Afghanistan: 9 dead, 92 injured
This week ten years passed since the deployment of the first Estonian unit on the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, and during that time nine Estonian personnel have been killed and more than 90 injured on the mission.
Estonia to bring company home from Afghanistan in summer 2014
Defence Minister Urmas Reinsalu and Commander of the Defence Forces Major General Riho Terras told journalists today that the Estonian infantry company due to be deployed in the NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan in November will be the last Estonian Defence Forces combat company in southern Afghanistan.
Gallery: Estonians win Camp Bastion strongman competition (16 pictures)
Members of Infantry Company Estcoy-15 emerged as winners of strongman competitions held in Camp Bastion, intending to donate the award-money to Estonian Society of Injured Warriors.
20.02.2013, Oliver KundPM
See pictures: Estcoy-15 changed base in Afghanistan (26 pictures)
Yesterday, the Estonian infantry company Estcoy-15 serving in Afghanistan, delivered its domain to Afghan security forces, leaving the patrol base Pimon.
Obama: USA kiirendab vägede äratoomist Afganistanist
USA president Barack Obama ütles laupäeval, et Ühendriikide eesmärk Afganistanis on käeulatuses, ning lubas täita 11-aastase sõja lõpetamise graafikut ja keskenduda sisepoliitikale.
Energiajoogid vallutavad tormijooksuga Afganistani turgu
Tänapäeva Afganistanis müüakse energiajooke igal pool – neid saab osta nii tänavakaubitsejate käest, nurgapoodidest kui ka parimatest restoranidest.
31.12.2012, Kadri VeermäePM
USA andis halva mainega vangla üle Afganistanile
USA andis eile Afganistani võimudele üle halva mainega ja kõmulise Bagrami vangla.
11.09.2012, Inna-Katrin Hein
Kabulis lõppes 19-tunnine rünnak
Afgaani võimud teatasid täna, et kaks viimast Kabuli rünnakutest osa võtnud Talibani mässulist tapeti, vahendab AFP.
14.09.2011, Kadri VeermäePM
Mässulised ründasid Kabulis NATO peakorterit ja USA saatkonda
Afgaani ja rahvusvahelised julgeolekujõud peavad praegu Afganistani pealinnas Kabulis lahingut Talibani mässulistega, kes on rünnanud USA saatkonda, NATO koalitsioonivägede peakorterit ja politseihooneid.
13.09.2011, Kadri Veermäe