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Putin shows off sniper skills firing Kalashnikov rifle

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday showed off his marksmanship by testing out a new Kalashnikov sniper rifle and hitting the target more than half the time.

Poland may not be ready for 'Fort Trump': US Army head

Washington - Poland might not yet be ready for a permanent US military base, the head of the US Army said Wednesday, the day after Polish President Andrzej Duda offered to host "Fort Trump.

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan

Slavyanka - Russian troops taking part in the country's largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo's concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area.

Putin says will strengthen army at military drills

Olovyannaya - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited Russia's largest-ever military drills in eastern Siberia, where he said Moscow planned to strengthen the country's armed forces.

Russia deploys most advanced air defences at army drills

Chita - Russia showcased its most sophisticated air defence system on Wednesday, using it to repel a mock attack from the sky as part of what it describes as its largest-ever military drills.

Russia prepares for biggest war games in its history

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday will launch the biggest military drills in its history involving 300,000 troops as well as Chinese soldiers, in a move NATO denounced as "exercising large-scale conflict".

New mission to find Argentine sub that sank with 44 crew on board

Buenos Aires - A US vessel will begin a new search for the missing Argentine submarine that disappeared last year with 44 crew members on board, the ministry of defense said Thursday.

Iraq hosts military chiefs from Iran, Russia and Syria

Baghdad - Senior Iraqi military commanders hosted their Russian, Iranian and Syrian counterparts in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss security cooperation and information-sharing in the Middle East, where the Islamic State group continues to carry out attacks.

Russia to hold biggest military drills since Cold War

Moscow - Russia will next month hold its biggest war games since at least the 1980s, with around 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft, the defence minister said Tuesday.

Mexico's AMLO says army still needed to fight crime

Mexico - Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Friday he would continue deploying the army to fight crime, a controversial strategy that has shattered powerful drug cartels but has been accompanied by an explosion of violence.

Colombia protests Venezuelan border incursion

Apo - Colombia issued a strong protest Tuesday over what it said was a border incursion by Venezuelan helicopters and troops over the weekend.

US sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Washington - The US government on Friday hit four Myanmar military commanders and two military units with punitive sanctions, accusing them of "serious human rights abuses" and "ethnic cleansing" in violently expelling minority Rohingya from their homes.

South Sudan's child soldiers hope for life after war

Gambela - By the time Baba John escaped the tribal militia he had joined as an 11-year-old, he had long stopped counting the number of people he had killed."I shot people. We all did," said Baba John.

'Day of joy' as Greek soldiers fly home after Turkey release

Thessalon - Greece on Wednesday hailed a "day of joy" as two Greek soldiers held in a Turkish prison for more than five months on espionage charges were released in a surprise move by Ankara."This is a day of joy...

Venezuelan general, colonel arrested over 'attack' on Maduro

Caracas - Venezuela has arrested a general and a colonel as part of a probe into an alleged attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Angolan soldier jailed for 18 years over fatal shooting of boy

Luanda - An Angolan army sergeant was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for shooting dead a 14-year-old boy at a protest two years ago, in a sentence welcomed by rights groups.

Venezuelan general arrested over 'attack' on Maduro

Caracas - A Venezuelan general has been arrested over the alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said on Tuesday.

Arms, investment and 'instructors': Russia boosts Africa role

Moscow - Touting military cooperation and "instructors," arms deals and investment, Russia is making a comeback in Africa after years of inactivity and now aims to rival European countries and even China, analysts say.

Palestinian shock after child killed, Israelis fear more rockets

A Palestinian family called for answers Thursday as to why an Israeli air strike hit their relatives' home in the Gaza Strip, killing a pregnant mother and her 18-month-old daughter.

Bodies of Czech soldiers killed in Afghanistan returned home

Prague - The bodies of three Czech soldiers killed in a suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban in Afghanistan were on Wednesday returned home.

Timeline of Venezuelan president 'drone attack'

Caracas - Six people have been arrested, accused of "terrorism" and attempting to assassinate Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro with explosive-laden drones. Here is a look at how the alleged attack unfolded.

UN peacekeepers return to Golan after talks with Russia, Israel, Syria

New York - UN peacekeepers have carried out a first patrol since 2014 to a key crossing point between the Syrian and Israeli-controlled Golan Heights after liaising with Russia, Israel and Syria, a UN spokesman said Friday.

Russia says its military in C.Africa only to train local troops

Moscow - Moscow on Friday said its military members are in the Central African Republic only to train local forces after three Russian journalists were killed in the strife-torn country.

No sign of torture on bodies of Russian journalists killed in CAR, Moscow says

Moscow - Russia on Thursday said no sign of torture was found on the bodies of three Russian journalists killed during a reporting trip in the Central African Republic this week.

'Victory is near,' Syria's Assad tells troops

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told his troops on Wednesday they were close to winning the country's seven-year civil war after inflicting a succession of defeats on rebels.

Ex-Israeli commandos innovate for 'weekend warriors'

- As a young officer in an elite unit of Israel's army, with its motto that no mission is impossible, Idan Peretz knew there had to be a better way to send rescue ropes across rivers.

G5 Sahel force licks wounds after HQ attack

S - On June 29, a suicide attack shook the headquarters of the Sahel's five-nation anti-terror force, failing to inflict major damage but exposing the fragility of the much-trumpeted scheme.

Israeli army unveils new 'dual-use' tank

Jerusalem - The Israeli army on Thursday revealed details of a new tank it was developing, designed more for use in guerrilla warfare conditions.

Four Cameroon troops held over summary execution video

Yaound - Four Cameroonian soldiers have been arrested after a video apparently showing three of them summarily executing two women and their two children accused of belonging to Boko Haram, sources close to the army said Thursday.

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The APX is Beretta s first striker-fired semi-automatic service pistol  introduced at the IDEX expo ...
The APX is Beretta's first striker-fired semi-automatic service pistol, introduced at the IDEX expo in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
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Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June  2010
Two Afghan children look at a U.S. Army photographer in June, 2010
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Eric Cabral
U.S. Soldiers conduct a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to check on conditions in a villag...
U.S. Soldiers conduct a patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers to check on conditions in a village in the Wardak province of Afghanistan
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U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon  Alpha Battery  1st Battalion  319th Airborne Field Artillery Re...
U.S. Army Soldiers with 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment prepare for a early morning mission out of Contingency Operating Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq
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The SA Army Band provided music for the memorial service.
The SA Army Band provided music for the memorial service.
Members of the media and the army at the media breakfast.
Members of the media and the army at the media breakfast.
A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
A crowd began to gather just before the parade began to honor Staff Sergeant Michael Ferguson.
American flags were everywhere along the parade route.
American flags were everywhere along the parade route.
Elk Grove High School s drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
Elk Grove High School's drill team rounds the corner at the start of the parade.
President Barack Obama visits with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan that ...
President Barack Obama visits with a platoon of U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan that recently lost six members, Dec. 3, 2010. The President made an overnight trip to visit troops in Afghanistan.
Pete Souza / White House
Israeli soldiers march next to an army deployment area near the border between Israel and the Hamas-...
Israeli soldiers march next to an army deployment area near the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on July 25, 2014
Gil Cohen-Magen, AFP
The number of US deaths in the Afghanistan war has set a new annual record of at least 323  with fou...
The number of US deaths in the Afghanistan war has set a new annual record of at least 323, with four months remaining in the year. The number surpasses the previous record of 317 for all of 2009.
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United States Army soldiers in training.
United States Army soldiers in training.
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Joint airdrop resupplies Afghanistan outpost.
Joint airdrop resupplies Afghanistan outpost.
Spc. Eric-James Estrada, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family s ...
Mrs. Ferguson is handed a bouquet of flowers to symbolize the neighborhood support for her family's sacrifice.
Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
Col. Todd Wood gives Gen. Keith Alexander [right]  Director of the National Security Agency  a tour ...
Col. Todd Wood gives Gen. Keith Alexander [right], Director of the National Security Agency, a tour of the Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in southern Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
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A Ugandan Army helicopter hunts for LRA members in Central African Republic.
A Ugandan Army helicopter hunts for LRA members in Central African Republic.
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