Members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic forces sit on an armored vehicle on the roadside near the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane crash outside the village of Hrabove in Donetsk region, Ukraine on Friday
Members of the Assyrian Gozarto Protection Forces (GPF), consisting of Sutoro militia, a pro-government Syriac Christian movement, and other Assyrian fighters rest and drink tea before heading to reinforce pro-government forces on the front line in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group, in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh
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Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to fight against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border
Shia fighters, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons as they chant slogans at the residence of a military commander of the Houthi militant group, destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa,, Yemen on Tuesday
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A 67-year-old man from Canada and a 40-year-old from the UK, nick-named by Kurdish fighters as Hewal Zinar and Hewal Cudi, train on the outskirts of the north-western Syrian town of Tal Tamr, north of Hasakeh, near the border with Turkey, as they fight alongside People Protection Unit (YPG) fighters under the commanders, Sider and Gerzan
Children look up at warplanes loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad as rebel fighters try to fire at the planes in Idlib, Syria
Rebel fighters pray beside the al-Sayyad hill bordering the town of Morek in the northern countryside of Hama in Syria
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Members of Libyan pro-government forces, who are backed by the locals, sit together during clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in the streets of Benghazi. The council is an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia
Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo on Monday
J-10 fighter jets of the Bayi aerobatic team of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force perform during a flight at Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China
Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after they said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside
Gunmen of the Shia Houthi movement shout anti-Government slogans as they stand on a hill overlooking the capital after they consolidated their foothold in Sana’a, Yemen on Monday
Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shia militia fighters from the south of Iraq and Kurdish peshmerga forces walk with their weapons as they take control of Sulaiman Pek from the Islamist State militants, in the northwest of Tikrit city
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Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take position as they monitor the area from their front line position in Bashiqa, a town 13 kilometres north-east of Mosul on Tuesday
An aerial display of the Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles flying T-50 aircraft at a media preview of the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore on Tuesday.
A Free Syrian Army fighter, surrounded by sandbags, takes up position as he aims his weapon into the old city of Aleppo, Syria
Islamist fighters show off their weapons skills at a graduation ceremony at a military training camp in eastern al-Ghouta, near Damascus, Syria. The fighters will operate under the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham brigade.
Free Syrian Army rebels gather inside a cave in Idlib, northwest Syria. A fatwa allowing people to eat cats and dogs has been issued in rebel-held areas of southern Damascus, residents say, underscoring the plight of citizens as the civil war rages a short drive from the centre of the Syrian capital, where UN chemical weapons inspectors are staying.
Fighters from the People’s Protection Units of the Committee for the Protection of the Kurdish People stand in a trench holding a position about 30 kilometres south of the Kurdish town of Derik, in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. In recent weeks dozens of militants were killed as Kurdish and Arab rebels clashed in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province
Free Syrian Army fighters prepare for an offensive against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, in Deir al-Zor