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Russian president Vladimir Putin, centre, and defence minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and the commander of the Western Military District, Anatoly Sidorov, right, arrive to watch military exercises near St Petersburg on Monday.
A soldier from the US army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, grabs his rucksack following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky. About 100 soldiers returned to Fort Knox from Afghanistan after a nine-month combat deployment
Soldiers of the South Korean army’s special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200km east of Seoul. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.
Ultra-orthodox Jews and rabbis gather during a demonstration to support ultra-orthodox Jews detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment centre in front of the Israeli military prison 6 near Haifa, Israel. Israeli police say more than a thousand people have protested.
Aviation boatswain’s mate 2nd class Tyler Stives from Spring, Texas, inspects a catapult after a launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during annual exercise 2013. The carrier took part in a naval drill with Japan in waters off southern Japan, just days after it took part in relief operations in the Philippines. The US Navy would not confirm the coordinates but said the drill took place about 300 km southeast of the Okinawa islands. This is in the general vicinity, though not within, the airspace defence zone that China established last week.
SPC Michael Fashion of the US Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his daughter Malia Banks after a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox early on Wednesday morning. 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan. Read more
Egyptians gather in Cairo’s Mohammed Mahmud street to mark the two-year anniversary of anti-military protests that broke out nine months after the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Dozens of supporters and opponents of the army gathered in Tahrir Square on Tuesday to mark the anniversary. Earlier a memorial to those killed in Egypt’s uprising was defaced by anti-military protesters.