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A man mourns over the coffin of his relative, who was killed in a bomb attack on  a polio vaccination team in northwest Pakistan yesterday. Photograph: Fayaz Aziz/Reuters

Pakistani warplanes bombed the hideout of a militant leader, killing five insurgents, the military said today, a day after the Pakistani Taliba(...)

Obama’s army
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  • February 28, 2014, 09:59

A combination of war-weariness after 13 years of war, changing global security realities, and budget imperatives make it likely that the announ(...)

Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

A violent outburst has broken out in the dock at the Old Bailey in London during the sentencing of Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

The murderers of soldier Lee Rigby yelled “Allahu Akbar” and were pinned to the ground by security officers in a violent struggle in the dock o(...)

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (l) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey answer questions during a press conference at the Pentagon on February 24th, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Pentagon said on Monday it would shrink the US army to pre-second World War levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce militar(...)

Few can be unaware of the current commemoration of the outbreak of the first World War, the calamity from which all other 20th century disaster(...)

A spokesman for the president’s office said 19 soldiers were killed in the attack and six are missing. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

The Afghan Taliban killed 19 soldiers in an assault today in a remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were mis(...)

A file photograph of Afghanistan National Police officials seizing an opium poppy scoring tool from a farmer in a poppy field at Maranjan Village in Helmand province. Photograph:  Bay Osmoyo/AFP/Getty Images.

Warnings that Ireland faces another “wildfire spread” of heroin addiction similar to the 1980s have been raised following claims that the opium pop(...)

Louise Arbour,  head of the International Crisis Group: “You cannot enforce a no-fly zone without taking down the air defence system.” Photograph: Eric Luke

The deadlock in Syrian peace talks may yet prompt a revival of demands for a western military intervention in the conflict, a former UN High Co(...)

Garth Brooks in Croke Park, Dublin. Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some 70,000 of the 400, 000 tickets sold for the Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin this summer have been bought by people outside of Ireland, pro(...)

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