Military

Iraqi Shiite fighters

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Iraqi Shia fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, fighting alongside Iraqi government forces, fire a rocket during a military operation against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists as they advance towards the centre of Baiji, some 200 kilometres north of Baghdad.

A member of the honour guard adjusts his hat as Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Akorda presidential residence in Astana...A member of the honour guard adjusts his hat as Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Akorda presidential residence in Astana, Kazakhstan, October 9, 2015.

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A member of the honour guard adjusts his hat as Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev welcomes Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to the Akorda presidential residence in Astana, Kazakhstan on Friday

A column of tanks takes part in a military parade as part of the celebrations marking the 55th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus in the presence of the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and other high ranking government officials, in Nicosia, Cyprus, 01 October 2015.

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A column of tanks takes part in a military parade as part of the celebrations marking the 55th anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus in the presence of the President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades and other high ranking government officials, in Nicosia, Cyprus, on Thursday

An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his sholder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz, on September 29, 2015.  Afghanistan on September 29, 2015, mobilised reinforcements for a counter-offensive to take back Kunduz, a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being ousted from power in 2001

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An Afghan policeman holds a gun on his sholder a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city of Kunduz. Afghanistan on Tuesday, mobilised reinforcements for a counter-offensive to take back Kunduz, a day after Taliban insurgents overran the strategic northern city in their biggest victory since being ousted from power in 2001

A member of the Saudi forces stands to attention during a visit by Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah at the Saudi-led coalition military base in Yemen's southern embattled city of Aden on Monday. Since Bahah's return from exile on September 16, 2015, his government is conducting the country's business from Aden, and is aiming to reinforce fighters supporting Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, battling Shiite Huthi rebels in the central region

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A member of the Saudi forces stands to attention during a visit by Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah at the Saudi-led coalition military base in Yemen’s southern embattled city of Aden on Monday

Camouflaged Iranian Army soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the begging of the 1980 war with Iraq, in Tehran, Iran, 22 September 2015. Iran is marking the start of the eight-year-long war with Iraq (1980-1988)

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Camouflaged Iranian Army soldiers march during the annual military parade marking the begging of the 1980 war with Iraq, in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday. Iran is marking the start of the eight-year-long war with Iraq (1980-1988)

An Iraqi army cadet performs "the leap of faith" from a bridge in Baghdad, September 22, 2015.

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An Iraqi army cadet performs “the leap of faith” from a bridge during training in Baghdad today. 

A protester raises his fist in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, September 18, 2015. Security forces in the capital of Burkina Faso fired in the air on Friday to disperse demonstrators who burned tyres and blocked neighborhood streets to protest at a military coup this week that derailed a democratic transition. The head of a military junta in Burkina Faso which took power on Thursday has freed interim President Michel Kafando and two of his ministers, state television said on Friday

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A protester raises his fist in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, on Friday, as demonstrators burned tyres and blocked neighborhood streets to protest at a military coup that derailed the democratic transition

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers train with wooden rifles at their barracks in Heihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers train with wooden rifles at their barracks in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil's Independence Day in Brasilia...Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil's Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

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Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil

A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, 24 August 2015, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day. Ukrainians marked the 24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991

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A Ukrainian armed forces military unit marches at Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine, on Monday, during a march on the occasion of Independence Day

A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

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A recruit of the far-right volunteer battalion Azov takes part in a competition in Kiev on Friday prior to leaving to the battle region in east Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen with their faces darkened with camouflage paint take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.

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Ukrainian servicemen, their faces darkened with camouflage paint, take part in military exercises on the army’s training ranges near Ghytomyr, some 150 km west of Kiev.

Lebanese army soldiers stand next of their armored personnel carriers as they prepare to reopen a highway linking Beirut to southern Lebanon blocked by angry protesters, in the coastal town of Jiyeh, Lebanon, Monday, July 27, 2015.

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Lebanese army soldiers stand next of their armored personnel carriers as they prepare to reopen a highway linking Beirut to southern Lebanon blocked by angry protesters, in the coastal town of Jiyeh, Lebanon today. The closure of the vital highway comes amid reports that the government plans to move trash piled on the streets of Beirut to the Kharoub region south of the capital.

In this presidential palace handout phot...In this presidential palace handout photograph taken on January 12, 2015 and released on July 3, 2015, Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects a locally made firearm during a visit at the state-owned defence industry Pt. Pindad plant in Bandung, western Java island. The deadly crash of a 51-year-old Indonesian air force transport plane this week has turned the spotlight on the country's ageing military equipment and given new momentum to the president's plans to increase defence spending.  AFP PHOTO / RUSMAN / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE --- MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / RUSMAN / PRESIDENTIAL PALACE" --- NO MARKETING - NO ADVESTISING CAMPAIGNS --DISTRIBUTED AS SERVICE TO CLIENTSRUSMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects a locally made firearm during a visit at the state-owned defence industry Pt. Pindad plant in Bandung, western Java island. 

South Korean marines aim their machine guns after they landed on the beach during a landing exercise in Taean, South Korea, Monday, June 29, 2015. South Korean navy and marine held a joint landing drill on the west coast on Monday improving their military readiness to protect the Korean Peninsula

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South Korean marines aim their machine guns after they landed on the beach during a landing exercise in Taean, South Korea on Monday. South Korean navy and marine held a joint landing drill on the west coast on Monday improving their military readiness to protect the Korean Peninsula

Nepalese army personnel arrange the ammunition kept on display during the Inauguration ceremony of the two MI-17V-5 Helicopters bought from Russia for the Nepal Army Air Wing in Kathmandu.

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Nepalese army personnel arrange the ammunition kept on display during the Inauguration ceremony of the two MI-17V-5 Helicopters bought from Russia for the Nepal Army Air Wing in Kathmandu.

Visitiors to the  Paris Air Show are reflected in the helmet visor worn by French Lieutenant Romain of the 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment.

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Visitors to the Paris Air Show are reflected in the helmet visor worn by the French Lieutenant Romain of the 1st Combat Helicopter Regiment.

Members of Palestinian national security forces loyal to Hamas demonstrate their skills during a military graduation ceremony in the northern Gaza Strip ...Members of Palestinian national security forces loyal to Hamas demonstrate their skills during a military graduation ceremony in the northern Gaza Strip, June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Members of Palestinian national security forces loyal to Hamas demonstrate their skills during a military graduation ceremony in the northern Gaza Strip 

Children and honour guards watch a performance during the so-called parade of children's troops in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, on Thursday

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Children and honour guards watch a performance during the so-called parade of children’s troops in Rostov-on-Don, southern Russia, on Thursday