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Troops from the 55th Infantry Group photographed in March 2017 during an exercise in the Glen of Imall, Co Wicklow. File photograph: The Irish Times

The Defence Forces representative body has expressed anger and frustration at the Government’s delay in publishing the Public Pay Commission report on(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

Ireland went to war twice this week. One of these conflicts – the one that dominated public discussion – was a running joke. The idea that diplomatic (...)

Irish Army Ranger wing on patrol in Chad in 2008. Photograph: Conor Lally

The Army Ranger Wing is being deployed to the UN mission in Mali for two years, with a team of 14 personnel to rotate every four months. A decision t(...)

In a court hearing  Abdessamad Ejjoud and Youness Ouziyad admitted to attacking and decapitating the two women, who were staying overnight in a tent in the Atlas mountains. Photograph: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images

Three Moroccan men admitted on Thursday to the killing of two Scandinavian backpackers in a grisly murder last December, saying they had committed the(...)

French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during the foreign ministers of G7 nations meeting in Dinard, France. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations revealed stark divergences in views on the Middle East as they wrapped up a meeting in France that o(...)

A British military plane flies in the Liptako area between Gao and Menaka, Mali, on Friday.  Photograph Daphné Benoit/AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen killed at least 134 Fulani herders in central Mali on Saturday, a local mayor said, the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeli(...)

Algerian protesters chant slogans during a protest against the fifth term of Abdelaziz Bouteflika in Algiers, Algeria, on Friday.  Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

After 10 days of rare street protests in Algeria over an attempt by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term as head of state, the ailing 8(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett, and trainer Sgt John Maloney watch local soldiers undergo training manoeuvre at a training camp in Mali. Photograph: Harry McGee

It is a ghost village, with four rows of concrete houses stretching along a long empty street. The population all left some years ago for some reasons(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar attends the annual Christian Social Union (CSU) party meeting at Kloster Seeon  in Seeon, Germany, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will begin a week-long visit to Mali and Ethiopia on Sunday. It will be his longest continuous visit outside the State since (...)

Cpt Ciara Ní Ruairc,  from Kildare, is part of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was first deployed in 1991

It’s not everyone’s choice of a spot to spend the summer – a dugout in the Golan Heights, or a live-fire training camp in Mali – although there are ot(...)

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