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
A man poses with a wooden rifle in the Musaga neighbourhood in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Tuesday
A young Yemeni poses with a gun during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, outside the Sanaa based UN offices in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday
A member of the Ukrainian armed forces smokes as he sits at a military vehicle near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s military said on Monday two of its soldiers had been killed and 10 wounded in the past 24 hours, signalling that fighting has not stopped to allow a truce deal to be implemented
A Russia-backed rebel holds a heavy machine-gun in Debaltseve, Ukraine on Friday. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town
A young settler holding a wooden rifle stands next to an Israeli soldier as he secures a street during the visit of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the Old City of West Bank city Hebron on Monday
A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday
A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy from the Kobani area, holds a toy weapon at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border on Thursday
An armed pro-Russian separatist stands next to an APC in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine
An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Soviet Union troops occupied Afghanistan for ten years from 1979
Thailand’s army declared martial law “to keep peace and order” on Tuesday, but denied this was the latest phase of a slow-motion coup driven by the country’s traditional elite
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An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher as another holds her doll during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 66th anniversary of Israel’s Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on Tuesday.
Riot police assist a colleague after an explosion during clashes with anti-government protesters near Government House in Bangkok. A police officer was killed and dozens of police and anti-government protesters were wounded in gun battles and clashes in Bangkok, officials and witnesses said.
An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Wednesday. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran’s contested nuclear program.
A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 rifle bearing a sticker with the smiling face of Bashar al-Assad, Syrian president, and Arabic writing that reads, “Syria is fine”, as he stands guard at a check point on a Baghdad street in Damascus, Syria. Opposition groups claimed scores died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used “poisonous gas”. The government has denied the reports
A Somali boy walks with a toy gun along the Lido beach near Mogadishu on Thursday
A boy aims his toy gun as he sits with members of the Free Syrian Army in Deir al-Zor
A Free Syrian Army fighter relaxes on a sofa in the old city of Aleppo, Syria on Wednesday
Members of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun royal salute in Green Park to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 87th birthday (April 22) in London, England. Gun salutes in honour of the Queen’s birthday have been postponed by one day this year as her actual birthday fell on a Sunday.
Police with guns drawn on Friday search for a suspect in Watertown, Massachusetts. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus police officer was shot and killed late on Thursday night at the school’s campus in Cambridge. A short time later, police reported exchanging gunfire with alleged carjackers in Watertown, a city near Cambridge.