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Dutch soldier said to have joined Islamic militants

Den Haag - A Dutch sergeant is believed to have run away to Syria to join Islamic State militants in the first such case involving a serving soldier in the Netherlands, defence officials said Thursday.

Hungary looks to use army in migrant crisis

Budapest - Hungary's parliament could approve next week deploying troops to stem the flow of "increasingly aggressive" migrants crossing from Serbia, under ruling party proposals announced Wednesday.

French train hero to earn U.S. Army's top non-combat award

Washington - One of the American servicemen who helped subdue a gunman on a high-speed French train last week will receive the US Army's highest honor for non-combat activities.

Chile tackles army silence on dictatorship crimes

Santiago - Chile launched a special unit within the army Monday to help investigate abuses committed by late dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime and uproot pacts of silence protecting perpetrators.

Court jails Russian soldier accused of killing Armenian family

Gyumri - A Russian military court on Wednesday sentenced a soldier accused of killing a family of seven in Armenia, including two children, to 10 years in jail for deserting his base in the ex-Soviet state.

Peru dismantles Shining Path rebel column: Officials

- Peru has dismantled a column of Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path by capturing two of its leaders, the government said Monday.

UN peacekeeper shot dead in Central African Republic

Bangui - A UN peacekeeping soldier was killed and eight other people injured in an attack by gunmen in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui, a military source said Sunday.

Over 100 militants killed in anti-Boko Haram operation: Chad army

Ndjame - At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the islands of Lake Chad, the Chadian army said in a statement Friday.

NATO eastward expansion would be 'catastrophic': Russian official

Moscow - NATO enlargement into Ukraine and Georgia would have "catastrophic consequences" for Europe, Russia's envoy to NATO warned Tuesday in a television interview, as relations between Moscow and the West sink to Cold War-era lows.

Turkey strikes Kurdish bases in Iraq, truce in danger

Istanbul - Turkey's military Saturday carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against both Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, putting in jeopardy a fragile ceasefire with Turkish Kurds.

Turkey strikes IS in Syria, Kurdish militants in Iraq

Istanbul - Turkey's military Saturday carried out a new wave of air and artillery strikes against Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, in an escalating campaign Ankara says is aimed at rooting out terror.

Syria regime, Kurds join to fight IS in Hasakeh

Tanriverdi - In two districts of Syria's Hasakeh city, Kurdish fighters and regime forces rest before returning to battle the Islamic State group, a shared enemy being fought jointly for the first time.

Qaeda claims killing of at least nine Algerian soldiers

Alger - Al-Qaeda's North African branch claimed an ambush of an Algerian army patrol that killed at least nine soldiers, in one of the deadliest such attacks in years.

Dozens of Russian troops 'flee unit, fearing Ukraine deployment'

Moscow - Dozens of Russian soldiers are facing trial for fleeing their unit, fearing deployment to Ukraine, a news site and a lawyer for five of the men said Saturday.The popular Gazeta.

U.S. Army confirms 40,000 soldiers to be cut

Washington - The US Army said it aims to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years in order to achieve target workforce reductions, confirming numbers leaked this week.

U.S. to cut 40,000 soldiers from Army

Washington - The US Army is to cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks over the next two years at home and abroad, a defense official said, in a move that will raise doubts about its ability to fight wars.

Russia checks combat readiness of troops in Armenia

Moscow - The Russian military ordered Tuesday a snap combat readiness check of its troops stationed in Armenia as the Caucasus country grapples with anti-government protests.

France charges soldier over Burkina child sex abuse

Paris - A French soldier accused of sexually abusing two girls aged three and five in Burkina Faso was charged Friday in Paris, a judicial source told AFP.

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

Paris - Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home Thursday and were taken into custody, said a legal source.

Colombia's ELN rebels claim to down army helicopter

Estanzuela - Leftist rebels with the National Liberation Army (ELN) claimed responsibility Saturday for this week's attack on a Colombian army helicopter in which eight troops were killed.

Colombian generals implicated in civilian killings: HRW

Estanzuela - Human Rights Watch accused some of Colombia's top generals Wednesday of links to the "generalized and systematic" execution of civilians, who were then presented as felled FARC guerrillas.

FARC rebels kill four and rupture Colombian pipeline

Estanzuela - Colombia's FARC rebels killed four soldiers and wounded six by setting a landmine that exploded when an army helicopter landed on it, officials said.

FARC attack major Colombian oil pipeline

Estanzuela - Experts were battling Wednesday to prevent environmental damage after suspected FARC rebels blew up a stretch of Colombia's second-biggest oil pipeline, authorities said.

Colombian army kills two FARC rebels

Estanzuela - Colombian troops have killed the commander of a FARC guerrilla unit and another rebel in an operation near the Venezuelan border, the army said Tuesday.

Mali troops get reacquainted with lost north

Goundam - For Malian troops making their first forays into the country's north since jihadists took control, French military support provides reassurance at a time when they are strangers in their own back yard.

Army 'purge' follows failed coup in Burundi

Bujumbura - Once a symbol of ethnic unity in post-civil war Burundi, the army is now deeply divided and faces a growing climate of fear after a failed coup by generals in the central African nation.

Jailed Israeli soldier freed after pork sandwich scandal

Jerusalem - An Israeli soldier who was jailed earlier this week for eating a non-kosher sandwich has been freed after the army agreed to release him following a wave of public pressure.

NATO flexes muscles in Baltics, Poland

Vilnius - US-led NATO drills began Monday in the Baltic states and Poland, a move intended to reassure Russia's nervous neighbours amid tensions over Ukraine.

French soldiers stalked by invisible enemy in Mali

Dori - Based in Mali's inhospitable northern desert, French troops are waging an attritional campaign against a ghost-like, invisible enemy -- a master in the guerrilla art of hit-and-run.

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

Moscow - Russia conducted huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region.
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