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 Private  Bradley Manning being escorted from a military court  at Fort Meade, Maryland, yesterday, after his court appearance. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Private Bradley Manning put military secrets into the hands of Osama bin Laden himself, US prosecutors claimed, as the army intelligence analyst went (...)

Nelofer Pazira in Afghanistan

In her memoir A Bed of Red Flowers: In Search of My Afghanistan, writer and director Nelofer Pazira recounts her shock the first time someone took her(...)

Staff Sgt Robert Bales pictured during an exercise at the National Training Centre in Fort Irwin, California, in August 2011. Photograph: US Department of Defense/Reuters

Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two villages nearby, kil(...)

Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army’s 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Photograph: British Ministry of Defence

A postmortem on the body of murdered British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, has established the cause of death was “multiple incised wounds”, Scotland (...)

An Afghan security personnel keeps watch at the site of a suicide attack in Panjshir province today. The British authorities say detainees at Camp Bastion are suspected of being involved with planting improvised explosive devices. Photograph: Mohammad Ishaq/Reuters

As many as 90 Afghan nationals are being detained in a holding facility at Camp Bastion, the main British military base in the country, the British De(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to launch a rocket in Deir al-Zor. International estimates put the number of Free Syrian Army fighters and assorted jihadists at about 70,000. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

The EU decision not to renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition appears to give the green light to countries such as France and Britain to suppl(...)

A young man in his mid-20s shows me a picture of Nzinga, the 17th century warrior queen of the Mbundu people. Then he pulls up some YouTube foo(...)

Rebecca Rigby,  wife of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, grieves during a family press conference at the Regimental HQ of his unit, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers today. Photograph: Dave Thompson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Two women arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder British soldier Lee Rigby (25) in London on Wednesday have been released without charge(...)

US president Barack Obama has offered his most vigorous public defence of drone strikes, describing them as legal, effective and necessary. (...)

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian navy ship  in Sicily after being rescued from a Turkish cargo ship in 2009.  Photograph: AP

When the Arab spring surged into full force, most Europeans hailed the revolutionary events as a t(...)

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