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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People’s Army earlier this year. Photograph: KCNA/Reuters

North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of(...)

The international force assisting the Afghans has about 13,000 troops, of whom about 8,400 are American. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Senior Trump administration and military officials are recommending sending several thousand additional US troops to Afghanistan to try to break a mil(...)

An  Afghan special forces unit member inspects a house which was used by suspected Islamic State militants at the site where a massive US bomb struck, in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar, earlier this month. Photograph:  Parwiz/Reuters

Two US service members were killed during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday, US officials sa(...)

US defence secretary James Mattis looks out over Kabul as he arrives via helicopter on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Afghanistan’s defence minister and army chief of staff resigned on Monday after the deadliest ever Taliban attack on a military base, and US defence s(...)

The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson sails through the Sunda Strait, which separates the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, on Saturday, April 15th – four days after the White House said it had been ordered into the Sea of Japan. Photograph: US Navy/Reuters

A week ago, the White House declared that ordering a US aircraft carrier into the Sea of Japan would send a powerful deterrent signal to North Korea a(...)

Smoke rises after an air strike on rebel-held Daraa al-Balad last Friday. Activists say regime forces backed by Russian warplanes have increased attacks. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces are intensifying attacks on rebel areas, days after the US fired a salvo of missiles at one of the regime’s (...)

Britain’s defence secretary Michael Fallon, pictured giving a news conference with his US counterpart James Mattis in London on March 31st, offered support for the US air strike on Syria. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Reuters

Britain and Australia offered strong backing to the US missile strike on Syria, ordered in response to a deadly chemical attack in the country this we(...)

Firefighters look for bodies  of civilians who were killed in an air strike against Islamic State by US-led coalition forces. Photograph: Reuters

Dozens of Iraqi civilians, some of them still alive and calling out for help, were buried for days under the rubble of their homes in western Mosul af(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during the Governor’s Dinner in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of the Navy withdrew from consideration Sunday, saying that meeting the government’s ethics guidelines (...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and  Mike Pence at the Munich conference, where the US vice president  pledged “unwavering” support for Nato. Photograph: Guido Bergmann /Bundesregierung via Getty Images

For five decades, western political leaders have gathered at an annual security conference in Munich to grapple with crises in the unstable, violent w(...)

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