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Bowe Bergdahl captured the American imagination in 2009 when he disappeared from what had become his living hell. His battalion commander, Lt Baker, was not only an obnoxious tyrant (handing out Field-Grade Article 15s, just short of a court martial, supposedly for being out of uniform, but in fact for complaining about the mission to […]

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Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests 22 March 2019 On Wednesday, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux announced that President Emmanuel Macron would mobilize army units during this weekend’s “yellow vest” protests against austerity and inequality. The mobilization of the French army against demonstrators, for the first time since the French military carried out […]

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Macron to deploy French army against “yellow vest” protests By Anthony Torres 21 March 2019 After Wednesday’s meeting of the council of ministers, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux announced that President Emmanuel Macron would activate army units during this weekend’s “yellow vest” protests. This is the first time since the 1954–1962 war in Algeria that […]

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Kosovo Marks Independence Anniversary With Parade

February 17, 2019           |                                       

Residents of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, gathered to watch a parade of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) on February 17. The event was organized to mark the 11th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence — a move rejected by Serbia but recognized by more than 100 countries around the world. In December 2018, Kosovo’s parliament voted […]

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Kosovo’s Thaci Sees ‘Good Momentum’ For Serbia Deal Despite Disputes

February 14, 2019           |                                       

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci says he sees “good momentum” in efforts to reach a deal this year to normalize relations with neighbor and rival Serbia despite their differences, according to an interview published on February 14 by the Associated Press. Thaci is scheduled to participate on a Security in Southeast Europe panel on February 16 […]

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A former army chief may present a challenge to Benjamin Netanyahu, but his campaign’s exultation of destruction and oppression is chilling, reports Jonathan Cook. By Jonathan Cook With April’s elections looming, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Israeli […]

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Iran ‘s Army Launches Drill Involving 12,000 Troops

January 25, 2019           |                                       

Iran’s army has launched a drill involving some 12,000 troops and newly developed rapid redeployment units focused on fighting enemy aggressors and armed militants, state media reported on January 25. The two-day exercise is being held in the central Isfahan Province, the reports said. “In these war-games we will showcase two important developments: a special-forces […]

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Serbian Leader Meets With Russian, Chinese Envoys Ahead Of Kosovo Army Vote

December 5, 2018           |                                       

Serbia’s president sought to rally opposition to a coming vote by Kosovo to establish an army, as he met with Russian and Chinese ambassadors in Belgrade. Aleksandar Vucic’s meetings on December 4 came 10 days before Kosovo’s parliament was set to vote to transform its security forces into a regular army. Serbian officials argue that […]

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Fanciful Notions: European Armies, Trump and NATO

November 28, 2018           |                                       

The idea of a standing European army, one dedicated to the specific needs of Europe as opposed to being an annex of another power is far from new. In gestation alongside notions of European federalism and its defence have come the idea of a force filled with respective nation states that might have aims and […]

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6 Reported Killed, 140 Wounded by Israelis at Gaza Fence

October 13, 2018           |                                       

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Palestinian health officials say Israeli forces have shot dead six Palestinians, four of them in a single incident, in one of the deadliest days in months of mass protests along the security fence separating Gaza and Israel. Gaza’s Health Ministry said Friday that four were killed in one location, where […]

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Kosovar Cabinet Approves Draft Law On Reforming Security Forces

September 13, 2018           |                                       

Kosovo’s government has approved a draft law to gradually transform the country’s security forces. Rustem Berisha, minister of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), told a September 13 cabinet meeting that the proposed law “determines the competences, organization, and functioning of the KSF as a multiethnic, professional force, protecting the territorial integrity of the interests of […]

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Three Belarusian Sergeants Go On Trial Over Death Of Conscript Who Complained Of Hazing

August 8, 2018           |                                       

MINSK — Three Belarusian Army sergeants have gone on trial over the suspicious death of young conscript, Alyaksandr Korzhych, in October. The Minsk Regional Court said on August 8 that Anton Vyazhevich, Yahor Skuratovich, and Yauhen Baranouski were charged with abuse of power and bribe-taking. Baranouski was also charged with theft. Korzhych, 21, was found […]

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Afghan Special Forces Free 61 From Taliban Captivity

August 3, 2018           |                                       

Afghan special forces have freed 61 captives held by the Taliban in an operation in the southern province of Helmand, the military says. Jawid Saleem, a spokesman for the elite commando units, said the operation was conducted late on August 2 in the Kajaki district in Helmand, a stronghold of the Taliban. Saleem said at […]

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