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'Unnatural' for Mexican military to fight drug trafficking: minister

Mexico - Mexico's defense minister has complained about his troops having to take part in the country's war on drug trafficking -- a rare expression of criticism of the controversial, decade-old deployment.

Syria army takes all of Aleppo Old City: monitor

Alep - Syrian government forces control all of Aleppo's historic Old City after rebel fighters withdrew in the face of army advances overnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday.

Overshadowed by coalition, Iraqi aviation takes on IS

- Iraqi army pilot Hossam Jassim banked his helicopter sharply to the left as a Russian-made Mi-35 gunship flying alongside unleashed a missile at a suspected Islamic State group target.

Russia accuses Ukraine of abducting two soldiers in Crimea

Moscow - Russia has accused Ukraine of abducting two Russian servicemen on the annexed Crimea peninsula, but Kiev said it had merely detained two Ukrainian army deserters.

Women increasingly join the fight in Israel's army

Yoqn`am - Her face covered in mud, 18-year-old Smadar crawls beneath thorny brush, her automatic rifle around her neck.She smiles despite the intensity of the training, and her commander, also a woman, shouts encouragement.

Turkey seeks 30,000 new soldiers after post-coup purge: report

Istanbul - Turkey is seeking to recruit more than 30,000 new personnel to fill shortfalls after thousands were kicked out of the army in the wake of the failed July coup, state media reported Wednesday.

Iraq forces retake key town on Mosul southern front

- Iraqi forces retook a key town from the Islamic State group Monday, a crucial objective on the southern front of the offensive to wrest back the city of Mosul.

Russia again denies any children killed in Syria school strike

Moscow - The Russian army on Monday denied any children were present in a school in Syria's Idlib province where 28 people were killed in an October airstrike blamed on Moscow.

Three US troops confirmed dead in Jordan shooting: US official

Washington - Three US troops were killed in a shooting attack outside a Jordanian training facility on Friday, a US official said, following earlier reports that one or two US personnel were dead.

Reaching Mosul caps turnaround for Iraq forces

Baghdad - Two years after they withdrew from Mosul broken and defeated, Iraqi forces have capped a dramatic turnaround by reaching the largest city they lost to the Islamic State group.

Ukraine removes last conscripts from war zone

Kiev - Ukraine said Wednesday it no longer had conscripted soldiers fighting pro-Russian insurgents for the first time since a conflict that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives began in April 2014.

Call to bolster UN force in DRCongo, amid unrest fears

Luanda - Leaders of the Great Lakes region called Thursday for the UN peacekeeping force in strife-torn DR Congo to be bolstered, as fears rise of an upsurge in violence linked to delayed presidential polls.

Afghan air force spreads its wings amid record army losses

Kabul - Clutching a radio in his hand on a barren hill surrounded by desert peaks, Sahil prepares to guide a pilot flying low overhead toward his training target -- the third car in a convoy below.

Shabaab 'takes Somali town' after Ethiopia troop pullout

Mugadishu - Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said Sunday they had retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union's AMISOM force withdrew.

Norway releases images of Russian fleet en route to Med

Oslo - The Norwegian military said Tuesday it had taken photos of a Russian fleet, including its flagship aircraft carrier, which were shadowed off its coast as they headed for the eastern Mediterranean.

Israeli army unprepared for 2014 Gaza tunnel threat: report

Jerusalem - An investigation has found that Israel's military was unprepared for the threat posed by tunnels dug by Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in the 2014 war between them, reports said Tuesday.

Four-star French general punished over anti-migrant demo

Paris - A retired French general who took part in a protest against migrants in the northern port of Calais has been stripped of his right to wear his uniform, the defence ministry said Thursday.

Syrian army says it shot down Israeli warplane, drone

Damascus - Syria's military said it shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone early Tuesday in response to an attack on Syrian army positions -- a claim denied by Israel.

Ghanaian women look to drive stereotypes off the road

Accra - Faith Lawson carefully backs a large silver pick-up truck through cones placed on the red soil of a military camp in Ghana's capital, Accra.As she checks her mirrors and slowly reverses, 14 young women standing in military formation look on.

Venezuelan military personnel named to oversee food distribution

Caracas - Venezuela named publicly 18 military commanders to oversee the production and distribution of food and basic goods in an effort to alleviate severe shortages affecting the country.

3 soldiers dead as 'dismantled' bomb explodes in Yemen market

Aden - Three Yemeni soldiers were killed Saturday when a mine they had "dismantled" and taken away in their vehicle blew up as they stopped in a marketplace, a security official said.

Israeli army closes file on 2014 Gaza school shelling

Jerusalem - The Israeli army said Wednesday it has closed its files on several allegations of military misconduct during the 2014 Gaza war but others are still under investigation.

Israeli army closes file on 2014 Gaza school shelling

Jerusalem - The Israeli army said Wednesday it has closed its files on several allegations of military misconduct during the 2014 Gaza war but others are still under investigation.

Israeli army closes file on 2014 Gaza school shelling

Jerusalem - The Israeli army said Wednesday it has closed its files on several allegations of military misconduct during the 2014 Gaza war but others are still under investigation.

First army vehicles pull out of Turkey cities after coup bid

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday began pulling out tanks and other military vehicles from bases in its main cities in line with an order to move all barracks outside Istanbul and Ankara following the failed July 15 coup.

Lithuania buys German combat vehicles in major arms deal

Vilnius - Lithuania on Monday signed a deal for German-made armoured vehicles intended to boost its defence capabilities, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep.

Four dead in bomb attack on army convoy in southeast Turkey

Ankara - Three soldiers and a local guard were killed on Thursday in an attack on a Turkish military convoy in the town of Bitlis in the country's troubled southeast, state-run media reported.

Bolivia's Morales opens 'anti-imperialist' army academy

Warnes - Bolivian President Evo Morales inaugurated a new "anti-imperialist" military academy Wednesday, calling it a response to the former School of the Americas, a US program that provided training to Latin American military regimes.

Hollande confirms France to form National Guard to protect citizens

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday confirmed that a National Guard would be formed from existing reserve forces to better protect citizens facing terror attacks.

Humiliated Turkish army still faces twin challenge

Istanbul - The failed coup of July 15 left the Turkish army humiliated and weakened at a time when it must tackle the twin challenges of fighting guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group.
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