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Turkish court acquits all 236 suspects in coup plot retrial

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted more than 200 army officers accused of plotting a coup against the Islamic-rooted government in 2003.

Putin's mystery military award points to Ukraine involvement

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded several military units a hugely prestigious title that was given to troops for heroism during WWII, sparking new questions about the Kremlin's involvement in Ukraine.

Boko Haram fighters told to 'kill wives' as troops take its 'HQ'

Abuja - Nigeria's military on Friday announced that troops had retaken the town of Gwoza from Boko Haram, from which the group declared their caliphate last year.

Iraqi Shiite militias 'pulled back' from Tikrit: US

Washington - Iraq's Shiite militias have withdrawn from the forefront of an offensive to recapture Tikrit from Islamic State jihadists, allowing Baghdad government troops to take the lead, a top US general said Thursday.

UK to train Syrian opposition to fight IS group

London - Britain will train Syrian "moderate opposition forces" in Turkey and other regional countries as part of international efforts to fight Islamic State militants, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced on Thursday.

US launches Tikrit air strikes to support Iraqi forces

Tikrit - US and coalition aircraft bombed Islamic State jihadists in Tikrit, lending air power to Iraqi forces who have struggled to recapture the town despite Iranian assistance.

Ukraine receives first batch of U.S. Humvees

Kiev - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday took delivery of ten U.S. armoured vehicles, two days after American lawmakers voted to urge President Barack Obama to provide "lethal" aid to Kiev.

In Ukraine, some Russians take up arms against Putin

Odessa - When Andrei Krasilnikov hugged his wife good-bye last week and climbed onto a bus to take him back to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, his motive was typical of those fighting for Kiev -- to defend his family and future from what he perceives as Russi...

Russia says ending huge military drills that rattled West

Moscow - Russia said it was ending military drills Saturday that saw over 80,000 troops mobilised from the Pacific to the Black Sea in a show of force amid tensions with the West.

Putin stages military drills in game of 'brinkmanship' with West

Moscow - Mammoth Russian military drills ordered by President Vladimir Putin from the Pacific to the Black Sea are designed to send a message to the West: keep your distance and don't overplay your hand on Ukraine, observers say.

U.S. military chief grapples with Iraq — again

Washington - For much of the past two decades the US military has been waging war in Iraq. And one U.S. Army officer has been there for just about every painstaking step of it.

Proud Turkey marks centenary of World War I Gallipoli victory

- Turkey on Wednesday marked 100 years since the start of the Gallipoli Campaign by the Allies in World War I, an event seen now as a glorious victory by Ottoman forces and a crucial moment in the formation of the modern Turkish state.

Prince Harry to quit British army after 10 years

London - Prince Harry announced Tuesday he is to leave the British army after 10 years' service that has seen him twice fight on the front line in Afghanistan.

Venezuela gears up military machine amid economic crunch

Caracas - Rolling out tanks, missiles and 100,000 men, Venezuela launched 10 days of military exercises, amid sky-high tensions over US sanctions slapped on officials accused of an opposition crackdown.

N. Korea fires seven surface-to-air missiles into sea

Pyongyang - North Korea fired seven surface-to-air missiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in an operation supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un at a time of heightened military tensions, South Korea's Defence Ministry said Friday.

Export of Iran's revolution enters 'new chapter': General

Tehran - Iran's top general said Wednesday his country has reached "a new chapter" towards its declared aim of exporting revolution, in reference to Tehran's growing regional influence.

Eleven presumed dead in US military helicopter crash

Miami - Seven US Marines and four aircrew were missing and presumed dead after their army helicopter crashed during a night training exercise in Florida, military officials said.

Sweden ends Saudi military ties over human rights issues

Stockholm - Sweden announced Tuesday it will not renew a military cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia, effectively ending defence ties due to mounting concerns over rights issues.

British WWII pilot's wedding ring returned to family 70 years on

Tirana - The wedding ring of a British airman who disappeared during World War II was returned to his family Monday 70 years after his plane crashed in the mountains of Albania.

U.S. sends heavy armour to Baltic states to 'deter' Russia

Riga - The United States on Monday delivered more than 100 pieces of military equipment to vulnerable NATO-allied Baltic states in a move designed to provide them with the ability to deter potential Russian threats.

Regional troops retake Nigerian town from Boko Haram

Ndjame - Troops from Chad and Niger have retaken the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak from Boko Haram as part of a regional offensive to combat the militants who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Escalating air war on IS not the answer: U.S. general

The U.S. military's top officer Sunday defended the pace of the air war against Islamic State jihadists, warning that escalating bombing raids or sending in more American troops would be a mistake.

Commission chief Juncker calls for EU army

Berlin - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday called for the creation of an EU army in the wake of rising tensions with Russia.

Iran's role worries anti-IS coalition: U.S. general

Manama - The U.S. military's top officer said Iran is bolstering the firepower of Shiite militias in Iraq but it remains unclear if Tehran is a help or a hindrance to the fight against Islamic State jihadists.

Saudi top diplomat urges allies to face IS 'on the ground'

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Thursday urged the US-led coalition conducting air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq to wage a ground war against the jihadists.

U.S. billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

Manila - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after U.S. forces sank it.

Petraeus to plead guilty to spilling secrets to mistress

Washington - Former American military commander and CIA chief David Petraeus will plead guilty to illegally providing classified secrets to his mistress, a dramatic fall from grace for a general once lauded as a war hero.

N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

Seoul - North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational.

Kindergarten kids with 'AK-47s' cause outrage in Russia

Moscow - Pictures of young Russian children posing with mock AK-47 rifles and other weapons at a kindergarten have provoked a storm of controversy, but some defended them as patriotic education.

Russian paratroopers in drills on border with Estonia, Latvia

Moscow - Up to 2,000 Russian soldiers took part in drills in the country's west on Wednesday as Moscow conducted an inspection of its paratrooper units in the latest show of strength likely to alarm its neighbours.
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