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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,...

THE ASIAN CENTURY

Asia's Military Revolution

Asia's Military Revolution

A vast revolution in military affairs is taking place across East Asia. The latest signs are Chinese President Xi Jinping's purge of General Xu Caihou, an ex-Politburo member and former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, on charges of corruption, and Japan's “reinterpretation” of Article 9 of its constitution to permit the country...

Ukraine rebels abandon stronghold

Ukraine rebels abandon stronghold

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have evacuated the city of Sloviansk, a crucial eastern stronghold, amid a large-scale offensive by the military. Separatists said the "overwhelming numerical superiority" of the army had forced them to relocate to Kramatorsk. Troops have hoisted the Ukrainian flag over Sloviansk's council building, and officials said soldiers were mopping up the...

Egypt life terms for Badie and 36 Brotherhood figures

Brotherhood figures given life terms

Brotherhood figures given life terms

An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and 36 other Islamists to life in jail. They were accused of inciting violence and blocking a road near Cairo during protests over the military-led removal of President Mohammed Morsi last July. New President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pledged to eliminate the Brotherhood. Badie has already...

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan set for landmark military change

Japan's cabinet is poised to approve a landmark change in security policy, paving the way for its military to fight overseas. Under its constitution, Japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except in cases of self-defence. But a reinterpretation of the law would allow "collective self-defence" - using force to defend allies under...

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