A military band conductor practices during rehearsal ahead the opening session of the third plenum of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Thursday
South Korean army soldiers move during their military exercise near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills
Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers train in the snow in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. China‘s military training this year will focus on “improving fighting capacity” to win “local wars”, the defence ministry said, with Beijing embroiled in several territorial disputes.
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
Ukrainian troops ride on a tank as they leave Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday
A Polish Air Force MIG-29 fighter (R) and an Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon fighter patrol over the Baltics during a NATO air policing mission from Zokniai air base near Siauliai.
A Palestinian boy wearing a military costume arrives at a military-style graduation ceremony for Palestinian youths who were trained at one of the Hamas-run Liberation Camps, in Gaza City on Thursday
Shirtless members of the South Korean Special Warfare Forces hurl snow during a winter exercise in Pyeongchang on Thursday
A pro-Russian rebel holds a toy gun in Donetsk, the disputed region in Ukraine, on Thursday
South Korean marines participate in the annual ‘Hoguk’ exercise, in Pohang, some 360km southeast of Seoul. The military exercise aims to prepare the country’s armed forces for a possible attack from North Korea
A young Ukrainian cadet warms his hands, after an oath-taking ceremony and a prayer service at Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, Ukraine
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Members of Kenya’s provincial administration salute during Mashujaa Day (Hero’s Day) celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi on Monday. The national holiday commemorates those who had taken part in the country’s struggle for liberation.
Turkish tanks line up on a hill outside the village of Mursitpinar next to the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobani by the Kurds, on the Turkish-Syrian border on Monday
Soldiers demonstrate breaking boards at an event in the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in Gyeryong City, South Chungcheong Province, on Monday, ahead of the 66th anniversary of the foundation of the country’s military, which falls on Oct. 1.
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A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria, in this U.S. These aircraft were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to strike ISIS targets in Syria. At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday and the Syrian air force bombed rebel areas in the west of the country.
Iranian soldiers mark the Iraqi invasion in 1980, which led to an eight-year war (1980-1988), during an annual military parade in Tehran, Iran
Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama shares a light moment with an election official before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva. Polling booths opened on Wednesday in Fiji’s first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation’s capital.
Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup.
A woman embraces her friend, a volunteer of Ukrainian self-defence battalion “Azov”, after he returned from the front line in Eastern regions of Ukraine, in Kiev on Monday