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Canadian troops again battle IS group in Iraq

Ottawa - Canadian special forces have twice exchanged gunfire with Islamic State fighters in Iraq since the first confirmed ground battle between Western troops and IS earlier this month, a senior officer said Monday.

Iraq asks for more weapons to fight IS group

London - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on the international coalition battling the Islamic State group to provide his country's forces with more weapons to fight the militants.

'Russian forces' attack Ukraine troops in separatist east

Kiev - Ukraine on Tuesday accused Russian forces of attacking its soldiers fighting pro-Kremlin insurgents in the ex-Soviet republic's separatist east.

Op-Ed: The significance of Iraq's acquiring of Mirage jets

Why the United Arab Emirates offer of Dassault Mirage 2000 jet fighters to the Iraqi Air Force is considerably noteworthy.

Inmate's Guantanamo diary to be released

London - The first memoir by a current inmate detailing life inside Guantanamo is to be released next week following a six-year legal fight to declassify the manuscript, extracts of which appeared in The Guardian on Saturday.

'Fat Leonard' pleads guilty in U.S. Navy bribery scandal

Washington - A Malaysian contractor at the center of a corruption scandal rocking the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to fraud charges, admitting to bribing officials with cash, prostitutes, Cuban cigars and Kobe beef.

Mexico rejects bid for probe of military in case of missing

- Mexico's government Wednesday slammed as "baseless" military wrongdoing alleged by the parents of 43 college students missing and feared dead, rejecting the possibility of an investigation.

U.S. sends five Guantanamo prisoners to Oman, Estonia

Washington - The United States has transferred five men from its Guantanamo Bay prison, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a renewed push by President Barack Obama toward closing the controversial jail.

Mexican officials face torture investigation

Toluca - Twenty central Mexico state officials are being investigated over allegations that witnesses of the suspected execution of gang suspects by soldiers were tortured, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Colombian army denies FARC claim of eight dead

Estanzuela - Colombia's military denied a claim by the FARC rebel group that eight soldiers were killed this week in a counter-insurgency operation.

Troops shore up security in edgy Paris

Paris - Troops marching through Jewish districts and foreign legionnaires patrolling grimly under the arches of the Eiffel Tower -- Paris is witnessing a rare deployment of armed forces on home soil after last week's terror attacks.

Pro-IS hackers take over US Centcom social media accounts

Washington - A group declaring support for Islamic State jihadists hacked US Central Command's social media accounts on Monday, forcing the military to take down the command's Twitter feed.

Sweden confirms second 'submarine' sighting

Stockholm - Sweden's military on Sunday confirmed a second sighting in October of what appeared to have been a submarine in waters near Stockholm city centre, not long after a search had been launched for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast.

U.S. slams North Korea offer on nuclear tests as 'implicit threat'

Munich - The United States slammed an offer by North Korea to suspend future nuclear tests temporarily if Washington cancels military drills with the South as an "implicit threat.

US military to close base in Britain in cost-cutting move

Washington - The US military will close a major air base in Britain and withdraw from 14 other installations across Europe as part of a reorganization of forces, the Pentagon said Thursday.

China confirms murderous North Korean soldier killed

Bejing - A North Korean soldier was shot dead by Chinese police after crossing the border and reportedly killing four people, Beijing acknowledged amid harsh criticism over slowness in releasing information.

Gunman, victim dead in U.S. military clinic shooting

Los Angeles - Two people were killed including an alleged shooter at a military medical center in Texas, the facility's commanding officer said.

U.S.-led strikes may have killed civilians: Pentagon

Washington - The U.S. military is reviewing several incidents in which civilians may have been killed in coalition air strikes against Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, officials said.

13 Ukraine soldiers killed in road crash in east

Kiev - Thirteen Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 17 injured when the bus they were travelling in collided with military trucks in bad weather in the war-torn east, officials said on Tuesday.

N.Korea has 'significant' tech to build mini nuclear device: South

Pyongyang - South Korea's defence ministry said Tuesday that North Korea appeared to have achieved a "significant" level of technology to miniaturise a nuclear device to be fitted on the tip of a missile.

Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet: report

Toukyo - Japan is proposing jointly building Australia's new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, a report said Monday, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry.

Runaway N. Korean soldier kills four Chinese: Reports

Seoul - A North Korean believed to be a runaway soldier killed four Chinese citizens during a robbery after he crossed the border into China in search of food, media reports said Monday.

Op-Ed: Why we must listen to Gen. McChrystal's call for national service

Former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal, wants 1/4 of America's high school graduates doing a year of national service. Why his plan is something we must listen to:

Israel 'won't let its soldiers be dragged to the ICC': PM

Jerusalem - Israel will not permit its soldiers to be hauled in front of the International Criminal Court on potential war crimes charges, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Soldier killed, 3 hurt in rebel raids in Philippines

Malang - A soldier was killed and three others wounded when Muslim rebels simultaneously attacked military detachments in two southern Philippine provinces on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.

US releases five Guantanamo inmates to Kazakhstan

Washington - The United States has sent five detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to Kazakhstan, marking a renewed push by President Barack Obama to close the controversial jail.

Chechen president offers 'special regiment' to defend Russia

Moscow - Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday proposed the creation of a "special regiment" made up from Chechnya's armed forces to help defend Russia from Western aggression.

U.S., allies agree trilateral accord on North Korea intelligence

Seoul - The United States, Japan and South Korea have agreed a rare trilateral military arrangement on intelligence sharing about North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, officials said on Friday.

Pakistan announces anti-terrorism action plan after school attack

Islamabad - Pakistan on Thursday said it will set up military courts for terror-related cases, as part of an ambitious anti-terrorism plan following a deadly Taliban school attack that killed 150 people.

U.S. Navy investigating soldier who claimed to have shot Bin Laden

Washington - The former U.S. Navy Seal who claims to be the soldier who fired the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden is being investigated for possibly leaking classified information, the US military confirmed.
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