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Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers deploy at base near Mosul

Ankawa - Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have arrived at a northern base over the past 24 hours to prepare for operations to retake the city of Mosul from jihadists, officers said Friday.

Third Greek navy airman found dead after helicopter crash

Atenas - Greece's general staff on Friday said the entire three-member crew of a navy helicopter that crashed into an Aegean Sea islet a day earlier had perished, after finding the pilot's body.

Four dead in Myanmar military plane crash

Nay Pyi Taw - Four Myanmar military personnel were killed and one was seriously injured after a small air force propeller plane crashed shortly after take off in the capital Naypyidaw on Wednesday, officials said.

Kremlin rebukes Merkel over Syria criticism

Moscow - The Kremlin on Tuesday issued a rare rebuke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel a day after she criticised Russian air strikes in Syria.

At least four Russian servicemen killed in helicopter crash

Moscow - At least four Russian servicemen were killed when a military helicopter crashed in the west of the country late Monday, the defence ministry said.

Brazil's anti-Zika war goes house to house

S - Sao Paulo resident Juliana Matuoka always thought her stunning tropical flowers were something to appreciate from afar. Now, however, they are enemy territory."Here, I got one!

10 Indian army soldiers missing in Himalayan avalanche

Srinagar - Rescuers searched Wednesday for 10 soldiers feared buried in an avalanche in India's remote Himalayas near the de facto border with Pakistan, an army spokesman said.

Elite Israeli soldier jailed for shooting camel

Jerusalem - An elite Israeli soldier has been jailed and demoted after posting a video of himself shooting a camel from his car while driving on a desert road, the army said Wednesday.

Burkina arrests 11 failed coup soldiers after arms depot raid

Ouagadougou - Eleven former members of the elite Burkinabe presidential guard which staged a brief but failed coup last year were arrested after a raid Friday on an arms depot near the capital, the army said Sunday.

Three security officers killed in separate Mali attacks

Bamako - Two soldiers and a guard were killed in two separate attacks in Mali, government and army sources confirmed.

New Guatemala leader calls for 'justice' against war-era officers

Guatemala City - Guatemala's new president, Jimmy Morales, said Friday he wants "justice, not revenge" meted out to ex-army personnel accused of atrocities during his country's 1960-1996 civil war.

Man charged after car attack on French soldiers

Lyon - A Frenchman of Tunisian origin was charged on Sunday with attempted homicide after he tried to run down troops guarding a mosque in the southeastern town of Valence, a prosecutor said.

Driver had 'martyr' aim in attack on French soldiers: prosecutor

Valence - A 29-year-old man who tried to run down soldiers guarding a French mosque said he wanted to kill them and be killed himself "to appear like a martyr," a prosecutor said on Saturday.

China restructures military as Xi eyes 'strong army'

Shanghai - China has unveiled changes to the structure of its military, adding three new units, described by President Xi Jinping as "a major policy decision to realise the Chinese dream of a strong army", state media reported.

Driver shot as he drives at French soldiers guarding mosque

Lyon - A driver was shot and wounded on Friday as he drove a car at four soldiers guarding a mosque in southeastern France, local authorities said, as the country remained on high alert after the November 13 Paris attacks.

Demining Colombia will take 'a generation'

Estanzuela - Clearing the landmines from the half-century conflict in Colombia, which has the most mines of any country outside Afghanistan, will take a generation, Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas says.

New Polish authorities raid NATO spy centre, fire staff

Varsovia - Poland's new conservative government on Friday continued a controversial drive to replace senior officials with its own appointees when it raided a NATO counter-espionage centre in Warsaw and fired its senior staff.

Turkish army bans staff from taking holidays in Russia

Istanbul - The Turkish army has banned personnel from taking holidays in Russia as Ankara remains embroiled in a bitter dispute over the shooting down of a Russian warplane, state-run media said Sunday.

Killer of British soldier Lee Rigby sues over prison struggle

London - One of two Muslim converts jailed for killing British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight on a London street in 2013 is seeking compensation after losing two front teeth in a struggle with prison guards, the government confirmed Thursday.

French soldiers quizzed over C.Africa rape claims: source

Paris - Four French soldiers were questioned on Tuesday in Paris as part of the investigation into the rape of children in the Central African Republic, a source close to the investigation said.

Honduran army goes to war against invading bugs

Tegucigalpa - For Honduran soldiers fanning out in the pine forest the enemy is like no other: numbering in the thousands, invading a sizeable chunk of their country and causing incalculable environmental damage.Their tenacious adversary?

Cameroon army kills 100 from Boko Haram, frees 900 hostages

Yaound - The Cameroon army claimed Wednesday to have dealt a major blow to Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamists, killing around 100 fighters and freeing 900 hostages in a three-day operation last week.

Lebanese hostages freed by Qaeda Syria wing in swap

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate on Tuesday freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and police it captured more than a year ago, in a prisoner swap that partially ended a long-running hostage crisis.

Qaeda affiliate hands over body of executed Lebanon soldier

Birut - Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate on Tuesday handed Lebanese authorities the body of a soldier it executed last year, in the first stage of a delicate hostage exchange deal, authorities said.

Russian deserter found after hiding in forest for over 10 years

Moscow - Police have apprehended an army deserter who hid in a forest in eastern Russia for more than a decade and kept his whereabouts secret from even his family, regional authorities said Monday.

Nicaragua says all drug-runner airfields destroyed

Managua - Nicaragua's military said Friday all clandestine airfields used by cartels to run drugs to the United States were destroyed and steps taken to make sure they would not reopen.

Surge in French police, army sign-ups after Paris attacks

Paris - France's emergency services and military have seen a surge of interest from young people keen to join up after watching the Paris attacks unfold on television."During the attacks I saw all these emergency workers helping people voluntarily.

Turkish military says did not know downed jet was Russian

Istanbul - Turkey's military said Wednesday it did not know the warplane it downed on the Syrian border was Russian and that it was ready for "all kinds of cooperation" with the Russian military authorities following the incident.

Russia says second pilot of downed warplane rescued in Syria

Moscow - Russian and Syrian special forces have rescued the second pilot of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey and he is now at a Russian air base in Syria, the defence minister said Wednesday."The operation ended successfully.

Brazil far-right protesters call for military coup

Bras - Several hundred far-right protesters in the Brazilian capital Sunday called for a military coup against unpopular leftist President Dilma Rousseff.
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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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President Obama watching the Navy vs. Army football game
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Israeli soldiers in the co-ed Karakal combat unit on their final hike of basic training.
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Soldiers at Fort Drum marching into a welcome home ceremony.
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U.S. Navy Seaman Christopher Hotella wipes down the canopy of an F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft
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