military

Pakistan’s New Army Chief Brings No Change In Policy – Defence Minister

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Nov 27 – There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan’s military policy under the new army chief, the country’s defence minister said, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a new military leader on Saturday. Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa will replace retiring army chief Raheel Sharif when his three-year term

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Pakistan’s Powerful Army Chief Begins Farewell Visits

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 – Pakistan‘s powerful army chief Raheel Sharif began a round of farewell visits on Monday, his spokesman said, damping speculation he might receive an extension when his three-year term ends this month. The general has been immensely popular among ordinary Pakistanis, who see him as having effectively tackled crime

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Women in Afghan Army Overcome Opposition, Threats

By Josh Smith KABUL, Nov 5 – Kabul’s military training academy is churning out classes of enthusiastic women to serve in Afghanistan’s army, but the realities of rising violence and a conservative society make the future for the young recruits far from certain. Some of the nearly 150 women training to be officers in the

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Putin and Erdogan to Meet Next Month Amid Growing Rapprochement

By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW, July 26 – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan next month for the first time in almost a year, a sign that a rapprochement between the two nations is gathering pace. Russian trade sanctions imposed on Ankara over the Turkish shooting down of a Russian jet

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Pakistan’s New Military Courts Challenged Over Abuse Claims

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, June 28 – Pakistan’s Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether secret military tribunals set up in early 2015 to try civilians accused of terrorism have violated the constitutional rights of 12 people convicted by these courts. The military tribunals were established after the massacre in December, 2014, by

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China Says U.S. Looking for Excuses to Raise Defense Budget

BEIJING, Feb 3 – China said on Wednesday the United States was just looking for excuses to pump taxpayers’ money into its military, after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter named China as a reason for seeking a $582.7 billion defense budget next year. Carter said the funding request was in line with last year’s congressional

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Suu Kyi Allies To Form Myanmar Ruling Party

By Timothy Mclaughlin and Hnin Yadana Zaw NAYPYITAW, Feb 1 – After decades of struggle, hundreds of lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi’s camp will form Myanmar’s ruling party on Monday, with enough seats in parliament to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962. The National League for Democracy

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Vietnam Builds Military Muscle to Face China

By Greg Torode XUAN MAI, Vietnam, Dec 17 – Vietnam’s military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernisation drive, Hanoi’s biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War. The ruling Communist Party’s goal is to deter its giant northern neighbour as tensions rise over the disputed South

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Russia Beefs up its Armenia Base with Army Helicopters

MOSCOW, Dec 8 – Russia has deployed attack and transport helicopters to reinforce its military base in Armenia, RIA news agency quoted Russian Defense Ministry as saying on Tuesday. A total of seven helicopters MI-24 and Mi-8 have been deployed at the base near the capital city of Yerevan, and one more batch would be

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