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Mysterious sub near Stockholm might be Dutch: Russian source

Moscow - A mysterious "foreign vessel" the Swedish military have been searching for off the coast of Stockholm might belong to the Netherlands, a source in the Russian defence ministry was quoted as saying on Monday.

Swedish military releases photo of mysterious 'foreign vessel'

Stockholm - The Swedish military on Sunday presented photographic evidence of a mysterious "foreign vessel" off the coast of Stockholm but rejected reports of being on the "hunt" for a damaged submarine.

North, South Korean troops exchange border fire

Seoul - North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

Spain to train Iraqi troops to fight Islamic State

Washington - Spain will begin training Iraqi forces later this year to battle Islamic State fighters but has ruled out taking part in ground operations in Syria, officials said Saturday.

Sweden intensifies search for suspected submarine near Stockholm

Stockholm - The Swedish armed forces stepped up a military operation off the coast of Stockholm on Saturday where they were investigating a report of "foreign underwater activity".

Frustrating West, Turkey maintains cautious stance on jihadists

Istanbul - Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sweden hunts suspected foreign submarine off Stockholm coast

Stockholm - The Swedish armed forces announced a large military operation around islands off Stockholm late Friday following reports of suspicious "foreign underwater activity"."We have begun an intelligence operation...

Victim's family demand jail for U.S. Marine in Philippines murder

Manila - Relatives of a transgender Filipino allegedly murdered by a U.S. Marine angrily demanded Thursday that the accused be thrown in a Philippine prison.

Op-Ed: Kinesiology tape goes from sports to military use

There are more than 20 million runners in the U.S., and some are beginning to adopt innovative solutions to common injuries such as ankle sprains, ligament strains, muscle aches, and turf toe.

North, South Korea hold high-level military talks

Seoul - North and South Korea held high-level military talks on Wednesday to air grievances over recent exchanges of fire across their land and sea borders, Seoul's defence ministry said.

US-led coalition seek plan to halt Islamic State advance

Washington - Military commanders from more than 20 countries met Tuesday in Washington to discuss the fight against jihadists in Syria and Iraq after more than two months of US-led air strikes failed to halt the militants' advance.

Pentagon chief in trip to Colombia, Chile, Peru

Washington - Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel departed Thursday on a six-day tour of South America but the US-led war against the Islamic State group in the Middle East will be looming over his trip.

Op-Ed: National service program: Better than today's Executive Action Special

President Obama has signed an Executive Action, allowing undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents prior to age 16, to serve in U.S. military forces.

North, South Korea naval patrol boats exchange fire

Kkutto - North and South Korean naval patrol boats briefly exchanged warning fire on Tuesday near their disputed Yellow Sea border which has been the site of numerous clashes in the past, the South's defence ministry said.

Arab, European jets carry out 10 percent of IS strikes: US

Washington - Arab and other allied countries have carried out about 10 percent of the nearly 2,000 air raids against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria since early August, US defense officials said.

US, France discuss potential French role in Syria

Washington - US and French defense chiefs discussed the possibility of France taking part in the American-led air war against Islamic State jihadists in Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

In US war on IS, what would victory look like?

Washington - The United States has yet to explain exactly what victory might look like in its war against the Islamic State group, but it is becoming clear that success will depend heavily on political events in Syria and Iraq that are beyond its control, experts s...

North Korea upgrades rocket launch site: US think-tank

Pyongyang - Fresh satellite images show North Korea has completed upgrading its main satellite site to handle far larger rockets, suggesting a possible launch by the end of the year, a US think tank said Thursday.

Turkey prepared for military role in anti-IS coalition: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey could take a military role in the coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants as Ankara moves to take a frontline position in the campaign, the Hurriyet daily reported Saturday.

Execution claims shadow Mexico's militarized drug war

- The arrest of eight Mexican troops over the killing of 22 people highlights President Enrique Pena Nieto's dilemma of fighting the drug war with the military while avoiding human rights abuses.

Turkey stance 'changed' on anti-IS fight: Erdogan

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday signalled Turkey would take a more active role in the international coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants following the release of Turkish hostages held by the jihadists.

Mexico troops held in killing of 22 gang suspects

- Mexico's military detained an officer and seven soldiers in connection with the shooting deaths of 22 gang suspects after a witness said 21 of them were executed despite surrendering.

Manning, WikiLeaks mole, sues U.S. military seeking sex change

Washington - A year after being sentenced to a 35-year prison term in the biggest confidential document leak in U.S. history, Chelsea Manning is suing the military seeking a sex change.

U.S. military joins Ebola campaign

Washington - After several weeks of international lobbying, President Barack Obama has agreed to send thousands of military personnel to Africa to streamline infectious disease-response efforts against Ebola.

In U.S., growing skepticism over 'no boots on ground' war plan

Washington - President Barack Obama faces growing skepticism in Washington over his plan to defeat Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria without U.S. ground troops, with critics blasting the strategy as unrealistic and half-hearted.

Russian fighters intercepted by U.S. near Alaska

Washington - Two Russian fighters entered a U.S. "air defense identification zone" two days ago and were intercepted by American F-22 jets near Alaska, military officers said.

S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

Seoul - The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said.

Russia to deploy reinforcements to Crimea area

Moscow - Russia is to reinforce its troop deployments in annexed Crimea and southern Russia because of the worsening crisis in Ukraine and the buildup of foreign forces nearby, the country's defence minister said on Tuesday.

12 Nigerian soldiers sentenced to death for mutiny: court martial

Abuja - Twelve Nigerian soldiers were on Tuesday sentenced to death for mutiny after shots were fired at their commanding officer in the restive northeast city of Maiduguri earlier this year.

What will the U.S.-led war against jihadists look like?

Washington - President Barack Obama's vow to take the fight to jihadists in Syria and Iraq will expand a U.S.-led air war already underway and likely require deploying more special forces to help local troops.
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