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‘Our goal is to end invasion’: Taliban seeks talks with US on NATO troop withdrawal

Any peace process in Afghanistan with the US boots on the ground is impossible, the Taliban delegates said after a meeting in Moscow, adding that the current Afghan government is a US puppet stalling the talks. “We will not tolerate a single US soldier in Afghanistan,” said the head of the Taliban delegation at the international meeting on Afghanistan in ...

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Russia forms military political directorate to boost troop morale

Seeking to boost morale and maintain discipline among troops, Russia has formed a special political directorate within its Defense Ministry and appointed a former head of the counter-terror operation in Syria as its commander. “Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov has been appointed Deputy Defense Minister and the head of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Military Forces of the Russian Federation,” reads ...

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Pentagon denies review of US forces in Germany linked to potential troop pull-out

The Pentagon has denied reports that an audit of US troops stationed in Germany was ordered by the White House ahead of plans to reduce the number of US forces in Europe, as its not contributing enough to NATO. Read more The Department of Defense undertook the cost review on its own initiative, as a routine audit, Pentagon spokesman Col. ...

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Pentagon scrubs Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria troop numbers from latest report

The Pentagon’s quarterly report on the number of American troops serving overseas was released this week. Curiously, troop numbers for Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were omitted from the report. Read more The report, released by the Defense Manpower Data Center, lists the number of armed-forces personnel in each state, and in each country overseas. The quarterly reports are usually released ...

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War without end: German defense minister says no timetable for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Germany’s defense minister told troops stationed in Afghanistan that they will remain in the war-torn country indefinitely. The statement follows Berlin’s decision to ramp up troop numbers. Read more “It is not a question of a time frame that must be stubbornly stuck to,” Ursula von der Leyen told German troops during her visit to the Bundeswehr military base in ...

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German army plans Iraqi troop training despite own ‘dramatically bad’ state – reports

Despite being overstretched by shortages of reliable equipment and thousands of vacant positions, the German military is reportedly planning to deploy troops to Iraq as part of a new mission to train security forces there. German advisers are expected to mentor Iraqi soldiers, training them in explosive ordnance disposal, military logistics as well as field medicine, according to a 15-page ...

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US troop presence abroad may spark internal conflicts ‘short of war’ – study

The US military presence abroad is linked to “state repression” and may often stir up domestic conflicts and wars between nations, bringing greater regional instability, a report by RAND corporation found. The report, titled ‘US presence and the incidence of conflict’, describes the impact of Washington’s military policy on other countries, be it allies or adversaries. While it habitually hails ...

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Scout of order: Troop leader sacked for comparing niqab-wearing Muslim colleague to Darth Vader

A scoutmaster has been sacked after comparing a Muslim woman wearing the niqab face veil to Star Wars villain Darth Vader. He added her appearance is enough to “frighten children and animals.” Brian Walker, 63, made a complaint to Scouting magazine after it ran an article stating the Muslim woman had taken children canoeing whilst wearing her veil. Read more ...

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‘Russian troop withdrawal from Syria signals mission accomplished’

Published time: 11 Dec, 2017 16:12 President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on withdrawing “a significant part” of the Russian troops stationed in Syria sends a clear message to the region that the mission has come to an end and others should follow suit, analysts say. “It assures the region, people back home in Russia and also the troops that the mission ...

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Pentagon quadruples troop levels in Syria to ‘stabilize’ liberated areas

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 07:39 Edited time: 7 Dec, 2017 07:58 The US military has increased the number of troops in Syria from 500 to 2,000, the Pentagon says, adding that the “conditions-based” military presence is justified by the need to “stabilize” liberated areas. The Pentagon has officially announced that there are now 2,000 troops in Syria – a ...

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