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Iraq parliament demands troops go to areas disputed with Kurds

Baghdad - Iraq's parliament demanded Monday that troops be sent to disputed areas in the north controlled by the Kurds since 2003 as the autonomous Kurdish area staged a referendum on independence.

NATO agrees Afghanistan troop boost but no combat role

Brussels - NATO will increase troop numbers in Afghanistan to help train local forces facing a resurgent Taliban but will not return to a combat role, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

No NATO combat role in Afghanistan: Stoltenberg

Brussels - NATO allies will increase troop numbers in Afghanistan to help the government battle a resurgent Taliban but there is no question of returning to a combat role, the alliance's chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday.

US to send 560 more troops to Iraq: Pentagon chief

Baghdad - The United States will send an additional 560 military personnel to Iraq to assist in its fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, visiting Defence Secretary Ashton Carter announced Monday.

Obama slows Afghanistan pullout, 8,400 troops to stay

Washington - President Barack Obama put the brakes on the US pullout from Afghanistan Wednesday, saying 8,400 troops will remain in the war-ravaged country into next year to tackle the threat from a resurgent Taliban.

US to deploy additional forces to Iraq, says Pentagon chief

Baghdad - The United States will deploy additional forces to Iraq and make Apache attack helicopters available to support the country's troops, US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter said Monday in Baghdad.

US special forces to fight IS jihadists in Iraq, Syria

Washington - The United States will increasingly rely on special operations troops to battle Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday, while calling on international powers to beef up their own efforts.

No French ground troops to Syria: Hollande

Washington - France will not send ground troops to Syria, French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday at the White House in the wake of deadly attacks in Paris blamed on Islamic State extremists.

Kerry does not rule out more US commandos in Syria

Bichkek - Secretary of State John Kerry refused Saturday to rule out more US commandos being sent to Syria beyond the 50 already assigned to the fight against the Islamic State group.

More troops may be needed in Afghanistan post-2016: U.S. commander

Washington - Washington must consider boosting its military presence in Afghanistan after 2016 if it intends to repel a Taliban upsurge, a US commander said Tuesday as he acknowledged an air strike on a Kunduz hospital was a mistake.

Russia denies US claim of 'thousands' of troops in Ukraine

Moscow - Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent "thousands" of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Russia denies U.S. claim of 'thousands' of troops in Ukraine

Moscow - Russian officials on Thursday dismissed a claim by the United States that Moscow has sent "thousands" of troops to fight alongside pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Putin says rebels want encircled Ukraine troops to surrender

Minsk - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that pro-Russian rebels had encircled up to 8,000 Ukrainian troops and expected them to surrender ahead of a ceasefire.

Ukraine claim 700 Russian troops cross border to help rebels

Kiev - Ukraine's military claimed that some 700 Russian troops crossed into the country Monday to aid rebels fighting for control of the country's east.

Chad army vehicles head for Cameroon to fight Boko Haram

Ndjame - Dozens of Chadian tanks headed out of the capital Friday south towards Cameroon to help fight Nigeria's dreaded Boko Haram insurgents.

500 extra soldiers to be deployed in greater Paris: Ministry

Paris - France will deploy some 500 extra military personnel in the greater Paris region, the defence ministry said on Saturday, the day after twin sieges sowed fear on the streets of the capital.

U.S. may send additional troops to Afghanistan next year

Washington - The U.S. military likely will keep a slightly larger force in Afghanistan in 2015 than first planned and American troops will have authority to come to the aid of Afghan forces if necessary, officials said Tuesday.

50 U.S. troops arrive in western Iraq: Pentagon 

Washington - U.S. troops have deployed to Iraq's frontline western province of Anbar for the first time in the fight against Islamic State jihadists, with 50 preparing the way for a larger contingent, the Pentagon said Monday.

Putin moves to scrap option of invading Ukraine

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday asked the upper house of parliament to revoke a resolution allowing him to send troops into Ukraine, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Review: Jessie James Decker honors troops this Memorial Day in new video Special

Singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker has released a special music video today for "Coming Home," the title cut of her new EP.

Soldiers 'surround' Thai pro-government rally

Bangkok - Soldiers on Tuesday encircled a pro-government "Red Shirts" protest in Thailand's capital, the rally leader said, after the military declared martial law to quell months of political unrest.

1,500 troops sent to retake rebel stronghold in Mali

Bamako - Mali has sent 1,500 troops to retake the rebel stronghold of Kidal after Tuareg separatists staged a siege in local government offices, sparking a gun battle in which dozens of people were killed.

U.S. and Philippines to sign 10-year security pact

Manila - The United States and the Philippines plan to sign a new security pact on Monday to allow a larger U.S. military presence amid ongoing territorial disputes with China.

Putin admits Russian troops in Crimea during referendum

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday admitted for the first time that Russian soldiers were present on the Crimean peninsula before and during the referendum that backed rule from Moscow.

White House 'very concerned' by Russian troop movements

The Hague - The White House is "very concerned by the potential for escalation" after Russia massed its troops on the border with Ukraine, a close aide to US President Barack Obama said Monday."We are watching very closely, we believe that Russia stands an enormou...

Edmonton: Raising banners for peace Special

Edmonton - March 12, 2014 was the date of the return home for the final 100 Canadian troops from their military mission in Afghanistan.

Dalai Lama is hoping for new Chinese attitude towards Tibet

Shillong - On every stop along the Dalai Lama’s speaking tour this week in India, he expressed hope for better relations between China and the Buddhist region of Tibet. Today, the Chinese military began increasing security forces in the region.

The United States Army plans on using 'Iron Man' armor for troops

The United States' army is working to develop smart armor, which would give soldiers "superhuman strength". The army has called upon the technology industry, government labs, as well as academia to help them build the armored suit.

South Korean troops kill man trying to swim to North Korea

The South Korean military shot and killed a man who was trying to swim across a river to North Korea Monday. The man had reportedly ignored multiple warnings to turn around.

Interview with Joe Bachman: 'A Soldier's Memoir' Special

On July 2, I chatted via phone with country newcomer Joe Bachman, who opened up about his new single “A Soldier’s Memoir (PTSD Song),” which will he will release independently on July 16.
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SCOUTS: Yeoman 2nd Class Krystal Trotter reaches for a box of Thin Mints at Camp Carroll in Waegwan, South Korea, after more than 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies arrived at the base. Chief Gunner’s Mate Keith Anderson and Aviation Boatswain's Mate Altraneise Phillips also prepare to distribute the treats.
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