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  • 08/03/2011 | Latin America

    Colombia troops free 19 kidnapped oil workers

    Colombian troops have freed 19 of more than 20 local oil contractors working for Canadian operator Talisman Energy, who were snatched a day earlier by suspected rebels, the government said yesterday.

  • 11/03/2011 | World

    Gaddafi troops launch assault on Libya oil port

    Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi battled to retake the oil port of Ras Lanuf  intensifying their counter-offensive against the out-gunned insurgents.

  • 28/03/2011 | World

    France, UK: 'Gaddafi must go immediately'

    France and Britain called for supporters of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to drop him before it was "too late" and asked Libyans opposing him to join a political process to pave the way for his departure.

  • 17/04/2011 | World

    Gaddafi presses Libyan rebels, West says no troops

    Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi kept up an offensive on the rebels' eastern frontline outpost of Ajdabiyah, while the West again ruled out sending ground troops to help the rebel cause.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    Afghan drawdown creates risk, US military warns

    The US military warned that President Barack Obama's faster-than-expected drawdown in Afghanistan created new risks, even as commanders said they backed the strategy to start winding down the unpopular, nearly decade-old war.

  • 23/06/2011 | World

    France says to start gradual Afghan withdrawal

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he would follow the United States in starting a gradual troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a move that could shore up his popularity before a 2012 election.

  • 06/07/2011 | World

    UK to bring 500 extra troops home from Afghanistan by end-2012

    Britain will withdraw an extra 500 soldiers from Afghanistan next year, bringing the UK troop level down to 9,000 as Western governments begin to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces.

  • 15/07/2011 | World

    US drawdown begins in Afghanistan

    The first US troops have left Afghanistan as part of US President Barack Obama's planned drawdown of about a third of the 100,000 US forces there during the next year.

  • 26/07/2011 | World

    Karzai: Long-term deal with US must be on Afghan terms

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that Afghanistan will only sign a long-term "strategic partnership" deal with Washington if the United States meets Afghan conditions including an end to controversial night raids on homes.

  • 06/08/2011 | World

    NATO helicopter crash in Afghanistan kills 31 US troops

    A NATO helicopter crashed in central Afghanistan overnight killing 31 US soldiers and 7 Afghan troops, the Afghan president said on Saturday, a devastating death toll and easily the worst single incident for foreign troops in 10 years of war.

  • 29/10/2011 | World

    Kabul suicide bomb kills 13 US troops

    A suicide car bomber killed 13 American troops in the Afghan capital Kabul, the deadliest single ground attack against the NATO-led force in 10 years of war in Afghanistan.

  • 13/11/2011 | Latin America

    Troops occupy Rio slum in 'historic' operation

    Three thousand troops backed by helicopters and armored vehicles occupied Rio de Janeiro's largest slum without firing a shot, the biggest step in the Brazilian city's bid to improve security and end the reign of drug gangs.

  • 17/11/2011 | World

    Obama tells Asia: 'US is here to stay'

    President Barack Obama said today that the US military would expand its role in the Asia-Pacific region despite budget cuts, declaring America was "here to stay" as a Pacific power which would help shape the region's future.

  • 26/11/2011 | World

    Pakistan stops NATO supplies after raid kills up to 28

    NATO helicopters and fighter jets attacked two military outposts in northwest Pakistan, killing as many as 28 troops and plunging US-Pakistan relations deeper into crisis.

  • 30/11/2011 | World

    US denies NATO attack on Pakistani troops deliberate

    The top US military officer denied allegations by a senior army official in Islamabad that a NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers was a deliberate act of aggression.

  • 14/12/2011 | World

    Obama: US troops leaving Iraq with heads held high

    President Barack Obama welcomed home some of the last US troops from Iraq, marking a symbolic end to the nearly nine-year war that strained America's armed forces and damaged its standing worldwide.

  • 21/12/2011 | World

    Bomb kills 5 NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan

    A roadside bomb killed five foreign soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, NATO-led forces said in a statement, one of the deadliest such attacks in months.

  • 31/12/2011 | World

    Iraq celebrates US withdrawal

    Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki declared a new dawn today as Iraq celebrated the departure of American troops at a ceremony held amid tight security and without Maliki's key political rivals.

  • 20/01/2012 | World

    Afghan soldier kills four foreign troops in East, says NATO

    A rogue Afghan army soldier killed four foreign troops in eastern Afghanistan today, a NATO coalition spokesman said, adding to a string of similar shootings which have eroded trust between Afghan security forces and their Western allies.

  • 28/01/2012 | World

    Britain says Afghan withdrawal must be carefully phased

    Foreign troops must carefully phase their withdrawal from Afghanistan ahead of an end-2014 deadline, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Saturday, after France suggested giving Afghan forces full responsibility for security in 2013.

  • 31/03/2012 | World

    Afghanistan presses for answers on long-term US military bases

    Afghanistan wants the United States to clearly spell out what sort of military presence it will leave behind once most of its combat troops leave by the end of 2014, a senior Afghan official said.

  • 12/04/2012 | World

    Syrian gov't accuses 'terrorists' of roadside bomb attack amid ceasefire

    Syria accused "terrorists" of planting a roadside bomb that blew up in Aleppo, killing one officer and wounding at least 24 cadets and officers in an attempt to sabotage a UN-backed ceasefire, state media said today.

  • 18/04/2012 | World

    Obama wants probe of photos of troops with dead Afghans; Panetta apologizes

    President Barack Obama wants an investigation into photographs that have surfaced of US soldiers posing with the bodies of dead Afghan insurgents and that those responsible be held accountable, the White House said today.

  • 29/04/2012 | World

    US troops synch hi-tech and nomad intel in Kony hunt

    In a bare concrete room in a far-flung corner of Central African Republic, US special forces and Ugandan soldiers map out the hunt for one of Africa's most wanted rebel leaders hiding in an area the size of California.

  • 29/06/2012 | World

    Blast hits Damascus, Turkey sends troops to border

    Rebel forces attacked Syria's main court in central Damascus, state television said, while Turkey deployed troops and anti-aircraft rocket launchers to the Syrian border, building pressure on President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 21/07/2012 | World

    Syrian forces fight rebels in Damascus, residents flee

    Syrian troops backed by helicopters and tanks have struck back in Damascus against rebel fighters emboldened by a bomb attack against President Bashar al-Assad's inner circle.

  • 24/07/2012 | World

    UK deploys 1,200 more troops to beef up security

    The government will deploy the 1,200 troops who were put on stand-by last week to help secure the London Olympics, a British minister said as security arrangements were tweaked to make up for a private firm's failure to recruit enough guards.

  • 26/07/2012 | World

    Syrian forces pound Aleppo and Damascus

    Damascus and Syria's second biggest city, Aleppo, came under shell fire today as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up efforts to crush rebels threatening the government's two main power centres.

  • 11/08/2012 | World

    Eleven killed in Syrian army attack in Damascus area

    At least 11 people were killed in fierce fighting that broke out in a Damascus suburb today when Syrian forces mounted an armoured attack to try and regain the area from rebels, opposition activists said.

  • 20/09/2012 | Latin America

    Mexico deploys troops to outskirts of Mexico City

    Mexico has sent soldiers to patrol a suburb of Mexico City for the first time to combat a rise in drug-related violence that is beginning to encroach on the capital.

  • 08/01/2013 | World

    US does not rule out complete pullout from Afghanistan after 2014

    The Obama administration does not rule out a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after 2014, the White House said today, just days before President Barack Obama is due to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • 12/01/2013 | World

    France bombs Mali rebels, African states ready troops

    French aircraft pounded Islamist rebels in Mali for a second day today and neighbouring West African states sped up their plans to deploy troops in an international campaign to prevent groups linked to al Qaeda expanding their power base.

  • 16/01/2013 | World

    French, Malian troops encircle Islamist rebels in central Mali

    French ground troops deployed around the central Malian town of Niono today in a bid to halt any further advance by Islamist rebels who have seized the nearby village of Diabaly, Malian military sources said.

  • 18/01/2013 | World

    Mali army retakes town, Islamists flee French air raids

    Islamist rebels in Mali abandoned the central town of Diabaly today after fleeing a French air strike, military sources said, while West African troops arrived in Bamako to take on the insurgents in Mali's north.

  • 30/01/2013 | World

    French troops deploy in last of Mali rebel strongholds

    French troops have taken control of the airport in the northern Malian town of Kidal, the last rebel stronghold in the north, the French army and a local official told reporters today.

  • 02/03/2013 | World

    NATO says its troops shot dead two Afghan boys

    NATO said its forces had accidentally shot dead two Afghan boys, in the latest of a series of reports of civilian deaths at the hands of international troops.

  • 07/01/2014 | World

    United States sending more troops and tanks to South Korea

    The United States said today it will send 800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles to South Korea next month as part of a military rebalance to East Asia after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

  • 12/02/2014 | World

    Afghans in army uniform kill two US troops

    Two Afghan men in army uniforms turned their weapons on American forces in east Afghanistan today, killing two US troops, officials said.

  • 23/02/2014 | World

    Taliban kill 21 Afghan soldiers, suspend prisoner swap attempt

    The Afghan Taliban have killed 21 soldiers in an assault in a remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants' most deadly assault on the security forces in months.

  • 25/02/2014 | World

    Obama tells Pentagon to prepare for possibility of leaving no troops in Afghanistan

    Barack Obama has told the Pentagon to prepare for the possibility that the US will not leave behind any troops in Afghanistan after its troop drawdown at the end of this year, the White House has said.

  • 26/02/2014 | World

    Ukraine crisis: Putin puts Russian troops on alert

    President Vladimir Putin put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert for war games near Ukraine today, the Kremlin's boldest gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president in Kiev.

  • 14/03/2014 | World

    More Russian troops shipped into Crimea as Ukraine crisis escalates

    Russia has shipped more troops into Crimea and repeated its threat to invade other parts of Ukraine, showing no sign of listening to Western pleas to back off from the worst confrontation since the Cold War.

  • 24/03/2014 | World

    Ukraine announces military pull-out from Crimea

    Ukraine announced the evacuation of its troops and their families from Crimea today, effectively acknowledging defeat in the face of Russian forces, who stormed one of the last remaining Ukrainian bases on the peninsula.

  • 01/04/2014 | Latin America

    Venezuela troops block opposition leader from parliament

    Venezuelan troops dispersed opposition demonstrators with tear gas today and blocked anti-government activist Maria Corina Machado, recently stripped of her seat in the National Assembly, from reaching the legislature.

  • 05/04/2014 | World

    Afghanistan hold landmark election

    Afghanistan's presidential election has closed amid relief that attacks by Taliban fighters were fewer than feared for a vote that will bring the first-ever democratic transfer of power in a country plagued by conflict.

  • 07/05/2014 | World

    Putin pulls troops from Ukrainian border and asks rebels to put off referendum

    Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine to postpone a vote on secession just five days before it was to be held and announced he was pulling Russian troops back from the Ukrainian border, in what appears to be a breakthrough in the worst crisis between East and West since the Cold War.

  • 19/05/2014 | World

    Putin pulls troops back from Ukraine borders

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered military forces to return to their permanent bases after drills in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said. However, NATO sees no sign of troops returning.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    Russia says troops preparing to leave Ukraine border

    Russian said that troops deployed for exercises near the Ukrainian border had now dismantled equipment and were moving to train stations and airfields for return to their permanent bases, but NATO said it saw no sign of a pullout.

  • 21/05/2014 | World

    France sends extra troops to Mali

    Paris is sending an extra 100 troops to Mali after an outbreak of violence in the north of the country between government forces and Tuareg separatists.

  • 22/05/2014 | World

    US deploys military to Chad in search for abducted Nigerian girls

    The United States has deployed about 80 military personnel to Chad in its effort to help find and return more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, President Barack Obama told Congress.

  • 26/05/2014 | World

    Ukraine launches airstrike, paratroops against rebel-held airport

    Ukrainian security spokesmen said government jets and a helicopter carried out air strikes against pro-Russian rebels who seized parts of the main airport in the eastern city of Donetsk today.

  • 27/05/2014 | World

    Obama plans to end US troop presence in Afghanistan by 2016

    US President Barack Obama outlined a plan to withdraw all but 9,800 American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and pull out the rest by the end of 2016, ending more than a decade of military engagement triggered by the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

  • 24/06/2014 | World

    Putin renounces right to send troops to Ukraine

    Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the nation's upper house to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there.

  • 25/06/2014 | World

    Russian parliament revokes right to send troops to Ukraine

    The Russian parliament has revoked the right it had granted President Putin in March to order a military intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling with a rebellion by Russian speakers in the east.

  • 02/08/2014 | World

    Media: Israel withdraws troops from Gaza, signals war winding down

    Some Israeli ground forces withdrew from the Gaza Strip, two Israeli television stations have reported, after the military said it was close to achieving its main war goal of destroying Hamas cross-border tunnels.

  • 05/08/2014 | World

    Gaza Strip crisis: 72-hour truce begins, Israel withdraws troops

    Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip today and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas mediated by Egypt as a first step towards negotiations on a more enduring end to the month-old war.

  • 10/08/2014 | World

    Kiev closes in on rebel-held Donetsk as talks of ceasefire collapse

    Artillery shells slammed into the outskirts of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk as government forces tightened the noose around the rebel-held redoubt and called on pro-Russian separatists to surrender.

  • 17/08/2014 | World

    Ukraine makes breakthrough in Luhansk

    Ukrainian forces have raised their national flag over a police station in the city of Luhansk which was for months under rebel control, Kiev said, in what could be a breakthrough in Ukraine's efforts to crush pro-Moscow separatists.

  • 31/08/2014 | World

    Moscow, Kiev agree on troops swap

    Ukraine and Russia swapped soldiers who had entered each other's territory near the battlefield in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev says Moscow's forces have come to the aid of pro-Russian insurgents advancing for an assault on a major port.

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