Iraqi security forces stand guard as residents from the city of Ramadi, who fled their homes as Islamic State (IS) group militants tightened their siege on the last government positions in the capital of Anbar province, wait to cross Bzeibez bridge, on the southwestern frontier of Baghdad, on Wednesday
Iraqi soldiers fire towards Islamic State (IS) group positions in the Garma district of Anbar province west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Tuesday. Iraq’s army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Anbar’s provincial capital Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences
Boys walk behind patrolling soldiers in Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday and President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital
Former anti-Balaka child soldiers wait to be released in Bambari, Central African Republic
Jean Claude Niyonzima, a suspected member of the ruling party’s Imbonerakure youth militia, pleads with soldiers to protect him from a mob of demonstrators after he emerged from hiding in a sewer in the Cibitoke district of Bujumbura, Burundi on Thursday
Soldiers from the South Korean army special forces unit demonstrate their skills in fighting back knife-wielding attackers during a martial arts demonstration for Children’s Day at the War Museum in Seoul on Tuesday
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Soldiers dressed as Vietnam War era Vietcong soldiers march during a parade marking the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Thursday
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Commandos hang from a helicopter during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on Monday
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
Soldiers watch as oil barrels are moved from the site of an explosion on Monday at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu
Ukrainian troops ride on a tank as they leave Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Wednesday
Afghan National Army soldiers perform during their graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan
Cuirassier presidential guards line up at the Vittoriano (Unknown Soldier) monument prior to the arrival of Italy’s new President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Tuesday. President Mattarella has vowed to fight corruption, organised crime and embrace economic and electoral reform
New recruits of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) march as they take part in the passing out parade at Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Friday. A total of 333 recruits were formally inducted into the BSF, an Indian paramilitary force, after completing 44 weeks of rigorous training in physical fitness, weapon handling, commando operations and counter insurgency.
India’s Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers ride their camels as they rehearse for the “Beating Retreat” ceremony in New Delhi on Tuesday. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations.
Soldiers practice ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the annual event.
Ukrainian servicemen are seen near a billboard with social advertising in central Kiev. Ukraine’s parliament voted on Thursday to refresh its front-line forces and resume partial conscription after a top security official warned that Russian forces backing separatist rebels had sharply increased military activity in the east
French soldiers patrol the street in a Jewish neighbourhood near a religious school and a synagogue as part of the highest level of “Vigipirate” security plan after last week’s Islamic attacks in Paris on Wednesday. France deployed 10,000 soldiers on home soil and posts almost 5,000 extra police officers after the killing of 17 people by Islamist militants in Paris last week
A Palestinian protester dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he argues with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Maasara near the West Bank city of Bethlehem
Soldiers practise manoeuvres in temperatures of minus 30C in Heihe, Heilongjiang province in northeast China