A handout image made available by the British defence ministry shows a British (L) and Afghan soldier embracing each other during the handover ceremony of the Camp Bastion-Leatherneck military camp complex in Afghanistan today. Photograph: EPA/MOD

The last US Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations today as they packed up to leave the countr(...)

A member of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) looks through binoculars at the Syrian side of the Qunietra crossing from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. An Irish Army officer is to  become the deputy force commander of the under pressure mission. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters.

A senior Irish Army officer will become the deputy force commander of the under pressure United Nations deployment in the Golan Heights, Syria. Brig G(...)

An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier keeps watch at the gate of a British-run military training academy Camp Qargha, in Kabul today. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters.

An attacker in an Afghan army uniform killed at least three service members from the Nato-led coalition and wounded a senior Afghan commander today in(...)

“Euros would be useless as a currency, and I had forgotten to furnish myself with a supply of coloured beads.” Photograph: Switzerland Tourism/swiss-image.ch

I thought John Cleese summed up mountaineering rather well in a Monty Python sketch. “Kilimanjaro can be a pretty tricky climb, you know,” he said. “I(...)

An Aer Corps helicopter lands to extract an injured soldier during an excercise in which 129 Defence Forces soldiers from the 44 Infantry Group entered the final phase of intense training in preparation for their forthcoming deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force, (UNDOF) based in the Golan Heights region of Syria. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The situation in Syria facing a new deployment of Irish troops travelling there in coming weeks is volatile and can worsen at any time and wit(...)

Marines participate in a training exercise at Camp Pendleton in California last year. Four US marines were killed in an incident at the base yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

Four US marines have died after an incident during maintenance on an artillery range at a base outside San Diego, military officials said. The cause o(...)

Was John Tyndall murdered or was the death of possibly the most important scientist to come out of Ireland a tragic accident? Given Tyndall die(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry says Netanyahu not in a position to confirm reports of chemical weapon use in Syria. Photograph: Reuters

The Israeli army’s top intelligence analyst says he is certain that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against rebel fo(...)

A US Marine Corps handout photo from 2010  shows marines blowing a hole in a fence during training at the Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Photograph: Reuters

A mortar explosion at a US army munitions depot in Nevada killed seven marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and injured eight other servi(...)