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An Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier looks out from the windshield of an armoured car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province, February 24, 2014. The Afghan Taliban killed 21 soldiers in the assault on Sunday in the remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants' most deadly assault on the security forces in months. The government sent reinforcements to the area where the pre-dawn attack took place, Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman Zahir Azimi said in a statement. At bottom is a picture of Afghanistan s President Hamid Karzai.

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An Afghan National Army soldier looks out from an armoured car at the Forward Base in Nari district, near their army outpost in Kunar province on Monday. The Afghan Taliban killed 21 soldiers in the assault on Sunday in the remote mountainous region, the Afghan government said, and six soldiers were missing after the militants’ most deadly assault on the security forces in months.

A troop of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force participates with the US Marine Corps of  Expeditionary Fire Support System during the US -JAPAN military exercise Iron Fist 2014  outside the USMC base in Pendleton, California on February 06, 2014.

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A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California

Soldiers patrol on December 5, 2013 in a street of Bangui

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Soldiers patrol the streets of Bangui as shots ring out and blasts from heavy weapons rock several districts of the Central African Republic capital on Thursday morning amid communal tensions ahead of a UN vote authorising force to stop the country’s descent into chaos.

Soliders From Army's 3rd Brigade Return Home From Afghanistan To Fort Knox...FORT KNOX, KY - NOVEMBER 20: Spc. Michael Fashion of the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, holds his daughter Malia Banks, 5, following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center on Fort Knox in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 20, 2013 in Fort Knox, Ky. The 250 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment working alongside Afghan military and police forces in Afghanistan's Zabul Province.

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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

A prisoner stands looking out of a window of a courthouse before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny is announced, in Dhaka November 5, 2013. A special court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death more than 150 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson at the headquarters of the country's border guards in 2009.

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A prisoner looks out of a courthouse window in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny by the Bangladeshi Rifles is announced. A special court on Tuesday sentenced to death 152 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson.

2013 Royal Air Force Photographic Competition...Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of a a portrait of Royal Air Force Marham's Squadron Leader Chris Higgins  by SAC Tracey Dobson part of the Portfolio Winner awarded to RAF Marham in this year's Royal Air Force Photographic Competition.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 23, 2013.  Photo credit should read: SAC Tracey Dobson/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Portrait of Royal Air Force Marham’s squadron leader Chris Higgins, taken by senior aircraftman Tracey Dobson. The picture won in the portrait category of this year’s RAF photographic competition.

An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade Armoured Corps Exercise on October 16, 2013. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

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An Israeli soldier sleeps in a bunker in a training area in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights during a brigade armoured corps exercise on Wednesday. The Golan, seized by Israel from its Arab neighbour in the 1967 Six-Day War, has been mostly quiet since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Tension, however, has risen since the 2011 start of the conflict in Syria between rebels and regime forces.

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a surprise search operation in the business hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 07 October 2013 Indian Army officiating Brigadier General Staff, Sanjay Mitra said a major infiltration bid by militants is underway in the Keran sector along the Line of Control, the de facto border which divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistan administered parts.

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An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard during a surprise search operation in the business hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Officiating Brigadier General Staff, Sanjay Mitra, of the Indian army, said a major infiltration bid by militants is under way in the Keran sector along the Line of Control, the de facto border which divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistan administered parts.

Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers and officers measure the position for members of a guard of honor near the red carpet before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Jordanian King Abdullah II, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army soldiers and officers measure the position for members of a guard of honour near the red carpet before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Jordanian King Abdullah II, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Wednesday 

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," as he stands guard at a check point on Baghdad street, in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Syrian opposition groups claimed scores have died on Wednesday in a government offensive near Damascus, attacks in which some activists say regime troops used "poisonous gas." The government denied the reports.

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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

An Afghan National Army walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug, 19, 2013. Afghan officials mark the country s 94th independence day from Britain with a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital.

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An Afghan National Army soldier walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan. Celebrations to mark the country’s 94th Independence Day from Britain include a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital on Monday

Palestinian protest in West Bank

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A Palestinian man and an Israeli soldier come face-to-face during the eviction of protesters who were trying to block the main road leading to the Israeli settlement of Efrat, near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, on Friday

A former Taliban fighter looks on during...A former Taliban fighter looks on during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on August 7, 2013. About 100,000 foreign combat troops, 68,000 of them from the US, are due to exit by the end of 2014, and NATO formally transferred responsibility for nationwide security to Afghan forces a week ago. AFP PHOTO/ Aref KarimAref iKarimi/AFP/Getty Images

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A former Taliban fighter looks on during a ceremony after joining Afghan government forces in Herat on Wednesday. About 100,000 foreign combat troops, 68,000 of them from the US, are due to leave by the end of 2014, and NATO formally transferred responsibility for nationwide security to Afghan forces a week ago. 

An army trooper stands while manning a checkpoint at a checkpoint in Sanaa...An army trooper stands while manning a checkpoint at a checkpoint in Sanaa August 5, 2013. Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in Yemen on Monday after a U.S. warning of a possible militant attack in the region, and the Arab state said it was stepping up security at ports and airports. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

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A soldier mans a checkpoint in Sana’a. On Monday, Britain and France extended the closure of their embassies in the Yemen capital after a US warning of a possible militant attack in the region. The Arab country has stepped up security at ports and airports. 

A soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou...A soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, August 1, 2013. Picture taken August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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A soldier from the People’s Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training during the PLA Army Day in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

A soldier holding a Chinese made Type 95 5.8 mm rifle, stands in position during a demonstration of their anti-air artilleries at a base of Peopleís Liberation Army Lanzhou Military 47th Combined Corps anti-air brigade in Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi province Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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A soldier holds a Chinese made Type 95 5.8mm rifle during a demonstration of anti-air artilleries at a base of the People’s Liberation Army Lanzhou Military 47th Combined Corps anti-air brigade in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, northwest China, on Monday 

Two soldiers sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sanaa...Two soldiers from the central security forces sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sanaa July 18, 2013.  REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi (YEMEN - Tags: MILITARY RELIGION)

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Two Muslim soldiers from the central security forces sit on a military vehicle as they read the Koran while fasting during the month of Ramadan, near a checkpoint in Sana’a, Yemen on Thursday 

A Congolese army soldier takes position behind a wall during a fire-fight in Kanyarucinya, around 10km from Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on July 17, 2013. Heavy fighting resumed this afternoon, with artillery shelling and small arms combat in Kanyarucinya, and to the north, around Kibati.

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A Congolese soldier positions himself behind a wall during a firefight in Kanyarucinya, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Heavy fighting resumed on Wednesday afternoon, with artillery shelling and small arms combat in the area and to the north, around Kabati.

REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT...ATTENTION EDITORS - REUTERS PICTURE HIGHLIGHT TRANSMITTED BY 1355 GMT ON JULY 11, 2013    JER04  An Israeli soldier takes part in an urban warfare drill simulating a battle with Hezbollah in a mock village at Elyakim military base near the northern city of Haifa. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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An Israeli soldier takes part in an urban warfare drill simulating a battle with Hezbollah in a mock village at Elyakim military base near the northern city of Haifa, Israel.

An Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldier, right, takes a break as he sits behind his fellow soldiers during the passing-out parade ceremony of 945 recruits in Bangalore, India, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. CRPF is one of the largest paramilitary force in the world with a strength of over 250,000 personnel, meant to maintain law and order and contain insurgency across India and are also deployed for United Nations missions. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

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An Indian Central Reserve Police Force soldier takes a break as he sits behind his fellows during the passing-out parade ceremony of 945 recruits in Bangalore, India, on Tuesday. CRPF is one of the largest paramilitary forces in the world with more than 250,000 personnel.