Pakistan’s army denies meddling, to deploy 371,000 troops to guard vote

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD, July 10 : Pakistan’s army said on Tuesday it will deploy about 371,000 troops to ensure a “fair and free” election on July 25, denying it was rigging the poll to tip the scales in favour of former cricketer Imran Khan. The run-up to the general election has been marred by […]

In long Afghan war, U.S. Army tries new way to deploy trainers

By Phil Stewart FORT BENNING, Ga., Feb 14 : As a U.S. Army medic, Sergeant First Class Jonathan Ortega admits that when he gets to Afghanistan, his instinct will be to help care for any wounded Afghan troops. It is a feeling he will have to fight. Ortega is heading soon to the 16-year-old war […]

Zimbabwe’s army seizes power, Mugabe confined but “safe”

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE, Nov 16 : Zimbabwe’s military seized power on Wednesday saying it was holding President Robert Mugabe and his family safe while targeting “criminals” in the entourage of the man who has ruled the nation since independence 37 years ago. Soldiers seized the state broadcaster and a general appeared on television to […]

Syrian army takes more oil fields from Islamic State in Raqqa and eastern desert

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Jul 15 : The Syrian army backed by heavy Russian air strikes seized a string of oil wells in southwest Raqqa province today, as retreating Islamic State militants battle to defend their remaining territory in the country. State-owned Ikhbariyah television quoted a military source as saying the army had taken control […]

Haiti plans recruitment for small army – defense minister

By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jul 5 : Haiti plans to start recruiting for a small, newly reformed army, the defense minister said, while critics questioned the need for such a force in a poor country with a history of military coups. The government expects to recruit fewer than 500 soldiers, whose duties will […]

German army needs to remove WW2-era names -defence minister

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, May 14 : The names of German military barracks honouring a handful of World War Two officers should changed to show that the country’s post-war armed forces have made a clean break from their Nazi past, Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said today. Having come in for criticism herself after […]