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Russian army vows to outlaw foot cloths by year end

Russia's defence minister expressed horror on Monday that soldiers were still wrapping cloths around their feet instead of wearing socks, and vowed the historic practice must end this year.

Russian army vows to outlaw foot cloths by year end
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US to seek death penalty in Afghan massacre case

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for an American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in one of the most appalling atrocities of the war.

US to seek death penalty in Afghan massacre case
Vladislav Chelakh. Photo by Vladimir Prokopenko©
Kazakh guard sentenced to life for mass border killing

A court in Kazakhstan Tuesday sentenced a border guard to life in prison for murdering 14 fellow servicemen in a mysterious May massacre in the remote Tian Shan mountains.

Kazakh guard sentenced to life for mass border killing
Former leader of the Liberal Democrats Paddy Ashdown. ©REUTERS
Britain should withdraw from Afghanistan 'quickly': Ashdown

Britain should accept defeat and move all of its soldiers out of Afghanistan as quickly as possible, former Liberal Democrat party leader Paddy Ashdown wrote in Friday's The Times newspaper.

Britain should withdraw from Afghanistan 'quickly': Ashdown
Nidal Hasan. ©REUTERS
US judges rule Fort Hood suspect must shave beard

A panel of US Army judges ruled Thursday that a soldier accused of the Fort Hood massacre must appear in court clean-shaven, upholding a trial judge's earlier order.

US judges rule Fort Hood suspect must shave beard
Afghan president warns on immunity for foreign troops
Afghan president warns on immunity for foreign troops

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has warned of possible problems ahead over the sensitive issue of immunity from prosecution for any American or NATO soldiers deployed in the country after 2014.

Afghan president warns on immunity for foreign troops
US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission
US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission

As the US soldiers returned fire during an insurgent attack, an old man walked towards the platoon.

US soldiers say still focused on Afghan mission
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Beard sparks legal debate in Fort Hood shooting case

Lawyers argued in a US military court Thursday over whether the soldier accused of the Fort Hood massacre can keep his beard despite objections from the judge overseeing his court-martial.

Beard sparks legal debate in Fort Hood shooting case
Recruits at the medical examination in Astana. Photo by Gulnara Zhandagulova©
Short young men will not be recruited to Kazakhstan army

Kazakhstan’s Armed Forces are selecting only the most physically and mentally fit young men, preferably with higher education and professional skills, in an attempt to boost the Army's image.

Short young men will not be recruited to Kazakhstan army
Last US surge troops leave Afghanistan
Last US surge troops leave Afghanistan

The last of the 33,000 US soldiers that President Barack Obama sent to Afghanistan nearly three years ago as part of a military surge have left the country.

Last US surge troops leave Afghanistan
Australia says killings will not speed up Afghan exit
Australia says killings will not speed up Afghan exit

Australia said Friday it would complete its mission in Afghanistan despite suffering its deadliest day in combat since the Vietnam War and the prospect of further deaths caused by rogue soldiers.

Australia says killings will not speed up Afghan exit
Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted in handcuffs. ©REUTERS/Jose Luis Magaua
US withheld email evidence in WikiLeaks case: defense

Lawyers for the US soldier charged with passing a trove of classified documents to WikiLeaks accused the military Tuesday of withholding hundreds of emails over fears of a publicity nightmare.

US withheld email evidence in WikiLeaks case: defense
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Three US Marines punished over Taliban urination video

Three US Marines have pleaded guilty and been sanctioned for urinating on the corpses of Afghan Taliban fighters and posing for pictures with the dead.

Three US Marines punished over Taliban urination video
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17 beheaded in bloody day across Afghanistan

Seventeen civilians were beheaded, 10 Afghan soldiers killed and two NATO troops shot dead in a new insider attack in a bloody few hours across Afghanistan.

17 beheaded in bloody day across Afghanistan
Rebels killed at least 24 South Sudan soldiers: officials
Rebels killed at least 24 South Sudan soldiers: officials

Rebels in South Sudan's Jonglei state have killed at least 24 soldiers, with several others missing or wounded, in the latest outbreak of violence in the troubled region, officials said Sunday.

Rebels killed at least 24 South Sudan soldiers: officials
Bloody start to Eid in Syria: watchdog
Bloody start to Eid in Syria: watchdog

The Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday got off to a bloody start in Syria, with at least 84 people dying across the country, most of them soldiers, and Damascus rocked by clashes.

Bloody start to Eid in Syria: watchdog
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Kyrgyz border guard kills five near Kazakhstan

A Kyrgyz soldier stationed near the Central Asian state's border with Kazakhstan shot dead four of his colleagues and the wife of one of them on Monday before fleeing in a car.

Kyrgyz border guard kills five near Kazakhstan
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey. ©REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Insiders focus of US military chief's Afghan trip

The top US military officer Martin Dempsey flew Sunday to Afghanistan to hold talks with senior commanders amid a spate of attacks by Afghan soldiers on their NATO counterparts.

Insiders focus of US military chief's Afghan trip
Nidal Hasan, charged with killing 13 people and wounding 31. ©REUTERS
US army judge declines Fort Hood shooter's guilty plea

A US soldier accused of killing 13 people at a Texas army base on Wednesday tried to plead guilty, but the judge refused to accept it and the trial was unexpectedly adjourned until next week.

US army judge declines Fort Hood shooter's guilty plea
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US Army reports spike in suicides

Suicides among US Army soldiers more than doubled in July compared to June, the Pentagon said Thursday, the latest evidence of a worrisome trend that has vexed military leaders.

US Army reports spike in suicides