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  1. Afghanistan National Army (ANA) commandos demonstrate their skills on Aug. 5 at a Commando Unit Base in Rish Khor district on the outskirts of Kabul. Shah Marai / Getty Images

    Afghan Special Forces Brace for Exit of Elite US Troops

    If Afghanistan is to avoid the chaotic breakdown seen in Iraq, US-trained special forces undergoing instruction at a drill camp outside Kabul must play a key part in imposing security and building public confidence.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  2. Security guards walk past the Chinese national in 2008 in Beijing. Getty Images

    Sources: China Troops Enter Disputed India Territory

    Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India, echoing a similar incursion last year that raised tensions between the two rival giants, official sources said Tuesday.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  3. Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters drive trucks on Aug. 17 as they head to the Mosul Dam on the Tigris River that they recaptured from Islamic State jihadists. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

    Kurds Retake Key Iraq Dam, Sunnis Hit Jihadists

    Iraqi Kurdish fighters backed by US warplanes retook the country's largest dam from jihadists on Sunday, as Sunni Arab tribesmen and security forces fought the militants west of Baghdad.

    • Aug. 17, 2014
  4. Networked Fire: IDF self-propelled artillery in action during Protective Edge Gaza operation. Israel Defense Forces

    Israel Lauds New Capabilities in Gaza

    On July 8, the first day of Operation Protective Edge, five Hamas frogmen attempted an amphibious assault on an Israeli military base bordering northern Gaza.

    • Aug. 16, 2014
  5. A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft takes off from the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) on June 20. Staff Sgt. Lukas Atwell / Marine Corps

    US Military Aircraft Operating In Northern Iraq

    US helicopters and MV-22 Ospreys are on the ground in northern Iraq and operating from a secure airfield protected by Kurdish forces, the latest sign of an expanding Iraq mission that now includes about 1,000 US troops, defense officials said Wednesday.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  6. An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter takes position on the front line on Aug. 12 in Bashiqa. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / Getty Images

    Pentagon Official: 130 Advisers Heading To Northern Iraq

    The military has sent 130 advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamic militants, according to a senior Defense Department official.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  7. Turkey Selects Local Firm in Tank Engine Program

    Turkey's top procurement panel selected a local tractor and diesel engine manufacturer to design and develop an engine for the country's first indigenous new generation main battle tank, the Altay.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  8. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, poses for a group photograph Aug. 12 with US Secretary of State John Kerry, 2nd left, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, center, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 2nd right, and Australian Defence Minister David Johnston in front of Australia's iconic Opera House. Dan Himbrechts / AFP

    US Reassures China as 2,500 Marines Head to Australia

    The United States stressed Tuesday it welcomes the rise of China and wants to work constructively with Beijing as it signed a deal to deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia as part of its 'rebalance' to Asia.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  9. Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Turkey's defense industry aims to secure contract soon in South American and African markets. THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP

    Turkey Targets $1.6 Billion in Arms Exports

    Turkey aims to reach $1.6 billion in arms exports this year, up 14.3 percent from $1.4 billion in 2013, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Aug. 1.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  10. US Gen. Philip Breedlove speaks during a July 30 press conference in Kosovo. Armend Nimani / AFP

    NATO: Number of Russian Troops on Ukraine Border Rising

    NATO's top commander said Wednesday that Russia was 'increasing' the number of troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  11. Follow-through on keeping armored personnel carriers for the Afghan Army rapid strike battalions equipped and ready has been lacking, the special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction said in a report issued Tuesday. Textron

    Afghan Quick Reaction Force Slowed by Logistics Failures

    A specially trained and equipped Afghan Army quick reaction force is in danger of having its vehicles fall into disrepair, and its soldiers miss out on training due to an inability to supply much-need spare parts and training, a Congressionally-mandated w

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  12. The Micro Tactical Ground Robot, built by Roboteam, is the latest tool to be fielded by Israel Defense Force units targeting Gaza's elaborate and often explosives-rigged network of tunnels. Roboteam

    Israel Debuts Micro Robot in Anti-Tunnel Campaign

    Israel debuted a locally developed micro robot in its ongoing onslaught against the labyrinth of tunnels and concealed shafts supporting subterranean arms depots, command posts and cross-border attacks from Gaza.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  13. Afghan local policemen fire their AK-47 rifles during a 2012 training session conducted by US Marines in Sangin in Helmand Province. Adek Berry / AFP

    Audit: US Weapons for Afghans May End Up With Taliban

    Washington and Kabul have failed to keep track of hundreds of thousands of weapons provided to Afghanistan, raising the risk that some could end up in the hands of insurgents, a US audit said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  14. Nexter produces the French Leclerc tank, left, and KMW the Leopard tank, right. Getty Images

    Nexter, KMW Announce Joint Venture With 'Intended Unification'

    Nexter and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) said on Tuesday their owners have agreed to set up an alliance with the creation of a 50:50 joint venture to house the French-German defense technology group, marking a major move in European cross-border consolidati

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  15. The US Army wants to replace its M113 armored vehicles with the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program. Staff

    US Armored Vehicle Battle Intensifies

    The US Army is threatening to slash modernization funding for Stryker, Abrams and Bradley vehicles if the service is forced to halt a $10 billion program to replace thousands of M113 infantry carriers.

    • Jun. 29, 2014
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