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US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role

US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report. The US force in the country is be cut to 9,800 by...

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

Govt doesn’t have 1975-81 coups info: Minister tells JS

The government does not have concrete information regarding the coups that took place in the Bangladesh Army during 1975-’81, road transport and bridges minister told the parliament today. Ruling Awami League lawmaker AKM Jahangir Hossain, who placed the concerned question, expressed dissatisfaction at the ministry’s failure to provide the information. “The minister’s answer is dissatisfactory....

Iraqi military reach Baiji

Iraqi military reach Baiji

Iraqi military forces reached the centre of the northern city of Baiji on Sunday in an effort to break an Islamic State siege of the country's biggest refinery, triggering fierce clashes with the militants, according to an army colonel and a witness. Separately, contradictory reports emerged over the fate of Islamic State leader Abu...

India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-II missile

India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-II missile

India today successfully test-fired its medium-range nuclear-capable Agni-II missile with a strike range of more than 2,000 km from an island off the coast of Bay of Bengal in eastern state of Odisha. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from a mobile launcher from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 9:40am,...

Militant Targets In Syria, Iraq

US strikes on as UK weighs action

US warplanes launched new air strikes against jihadists in Syria and Iraq yesterday as Britain considered joining the military campaign against ISIS. American planes destroyed four tanks operated by militants in Syria as well as several vehicles and jihadist positions in neighbouring Iraq, the Pentagon said. The coalition also bombed oil facilities in east and northeast Syria where ISIS jihadists extract crude for sale on the black market, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group. In recent...

Ukraine crisis: Military to pull back artillery in east

Ukraine crisis: Military to pull back artillery in east

Ukraine is preparing to withdraw heavy weaponry away from separatist rebel lines in the east, the military says. The two sides agreed on Saturday to set up a buffer zone in eastern Ukraine, more than a fortnight after a shaky ceasefire came into force. Although the truce is still in place, clashes have continued around...

Us Intervention In Iraq

Events threaten Obama's legacy

Events threaten Obama's legacy

After years of resisting the pull of more Mideast conflicts, President Barack Obama has sent the military back into action in Iraq, where he once accused his predecessor of waging a "dumb war." US planes yesterday bombed Islamic militants who were towing artillery outside Irbil near US personnel, the Pentagon said. The aggressive insurgency threatens...

Army, cops in interim Thai parliament

More than half of Thailand's new national assembly, appointed by the junta, will comprise of active or retired military officers, according to an official document published late Thursday. Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej approved the appointment of just over 100 army officers and around a dozen police officers -- serving or retired -- to the 200-seat body which will meet for the first time next week, said the royal gazette. "His majesty has endorsed a decree to convene the national assembly on...

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels...

Ukraine military plane shot down

Ukraine military plane shot down

A Ukrainian military transport aircraft has been shot down in the east, amid fighting with separatist rebels, Ukrainian officials say. The An-26 plane was hit at an altitude of 6,500m (21,325ft), a statement on the presidential website said. It said the plane had been targeted with "a more powerful missile weapon" than a shoulder-carried missile,...

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