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US deploys troops to Saudi Arabia over Iran threat

Washington - The Pentagon announced Friday it was bolstering US forces in Saudi Arabia after Riyadh asked for reinforcements following the September 14 drone-and-missile attack on Saudi oil plants which Washington blames on Iran.

Turkey preparations for Syria offensive 'completed'

Ankara - Turkey's preparations for an offensive in northern Syria have been "completed", the defence ministry said Tuesday, after confusing signals from the US over whether it would allow an operation.

Iraq military admits 'excessive force' used in deadly protests

Baghdad - Iraq's military admitted for the first time Monday it used "excessive force" in deadly protests, a move Amnesty International said must lead to accountability for more than 100 killed over the last week.

Iraq military admits 'excessive force' used in deadly protests

Baghdad - Iraq's military admitted on Monday that "excessive force" was used in a district of the capital overnight where a mass protest led to clashes that medics and security forces said left 13 people dead.

India admits friendly fire downed helicopter in Kashmir clash

New Delhi - The Indian Air Force confirmed for the first time on Friday that it shot down one of its own helicopters during clashes with Pakistan in February over Kashmir, killing all six on board.

With parks, saunas and churches, Russian soldiers in Syria to stay

Tartus - Looking out over a park planted at Russia's naval facility in the Syrian port of Tartus, the base commander points to a row of trees.

Trump says North Korea talks going ahead despite missile test

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday brushed off North Korea's test of a sea-launched ballistic missile, saying that planned nuclear talks with Pyongyang will go ahead regardless.

Missiles, drones and tanks: China shows off military prowess

Bejing - China put its growing military might on full display Tuesday with a parade of new ballistic missiles, supersonic drones and next-generation battlefield tanks that highlighted Beijing's accelerating race to match the firepower of its US rival.

Top Iran general says destroying Israel 'achievable goal'

Tehran - The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Monday that destroying arch-rival Israel was an "achievable goal"."This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer ...

UN suspends Sri Lanka peacekeepers over new army chief appointment

Colombo - The United Nations has suspended Sri Lankan troops from peacekeeping duties after Colombo ignored repeated warnings and appointed a general accused of war crimes to head its army.

US military struggles to weed out soldiers with far-right ties

Washington - The arrest of a US soldier with far-right sympathies who is suspected of plotting an attack on American soil to spark "chaos" has highlighted a challenge for the Pentagon: purging its ranks of extremists.

Goose-stepping soldiers prepare for China's anniversary parade

Bejing - Lines of soldiers goose-step in formation across a military base an hour northwest of Beijing, meticulously preparing for the October 1 parade that will commemorate 70 years of Communist rule in China.

Algeria court sentences Bouteflika brother to 15 years

Alger - An Algerian military court on Wednesday sentenced the brother of deposed president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and three co-defendants to 15 years in prison in a swift verdict delivered out of sight of the media.

Japan refers US military pilot to prosecutors over Osprey crash

Apo - Japanese authorities on Tuesday referred the case of a US military pilot to prosecutors over the 2016 crash of an Osprey aircraft that fuelled sentiment against a US base on Okinawa island.

Brazil arrests 63, levies $8.7 million in fines over fires

Bras - Brazil's defense minister said on Monday 63 people were arrested and issued fines amounting to $8.7 million after the military was sent to fight raging fires in the Amazon rainforest.

Trump announces bigger US troop presence in Poland

New York - President Donald Trump on Monday announced an expanded military presence in Poland but said it did not reflect any increased threat from Russia.

Iran accuses foreign forces of raising Gulf 'insecurity'

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday denounced the presence of foreign forces in the Gulf and said Iran will put forward a peace plan, after arch-foe the United States ordered reinforcements to the tinderbox region.

Iran issues 'battlefield' warning as US deploys troops

Tehran - Any country that attacks Iran will become the "main battlefield", the Revolutionary Guards warned Saturday after Washington ordered reinforcements to the Gulf following attacks on Saudi oil installations it blames on Tehran.

Iran warns any country that attacks will be 'main battlefield'

Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander on Saturday warned any country that attacks the Islamic republic will see its territory become the "main battlefield" as he opened an exhibition of captured drones.

Screams in the night in Indian Kashmir

Connaught Place - The soldiers came after midnight, Abid Khan says, his hands trembling, one of around two dozen young men in just one part of Kashmir who say they have been tortured by the Indian army.

US warship docks in Lebanon amid regional tensions

Beirut - The United States navy destroyer USS Ramage docked briefly in Lebanon, the US embassy in Beirut said on Sunday, amid heightened regional tensions.

Trump says he discussed 'mutual defense' treaty with Netanyahu

Washington - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the possibility of moving forward on a "mutual defense" treaty between the allies, just three days before Israeli voters go to the polls.

Venezuela begins war games on Colombia border

La Fr - Venezuela's armed forces chiefs said Tuesday they had begun mobilizing 150,000 troops for military exercises on the Colombian border amid renewed tensions between Bogota and Caracas.

Iran unveils new reconnaissance and attack drone

Tehran - Iran on Sunday unveiled a jet-propelled drone it said is capable of finding and attacking targets far from the country's borders with precision.

Myanmar filmmaker jailed for one year after criticising military

Yangon - A Myanmar filmmaker was sentenced to a year in prison on Thursday for criticising the military, as free expression advocates warned of "grave threats" to those who challenge the powerful armed forces.

China unveils plan for huge anniversary military parade

Bejing - China will hold a massive military parade showcasing some of its most advanced weaponry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the communist state, authorities announced Thursday.

Taliban deal must ensure Afghanistan not 'sanctuary' for extremists: Pentagon

Washington - The Taliban must ensure that Afghanistan does not become a sanctuary for extremists, top US defense officials said Wednesday, as peace negotiations with the powerful insurgent group appear to be nearing their conclusion.

China cancels US ship port call amid tensions: official

Washington - China has refused another planned port call by a US warship amid soaring tensions between the Pacific powers on trade, a US official said Wednesday.

China to hold fresh military drills near Taiwan

Bejing - China has said it will stage military exercises in the East China Sea near Taiwan this week, with relations tense between Beijing and the self-ruled island.

N. Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'multiple rocket launcher': KCNA

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test-firing of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher", state media reported Sunday -- further muddying the waters for any resumption of denuclearisation talks.
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