soldiers

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

Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

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

Members of India's Tripura State Rifles (TSR) take part in the full-dress rehearsal for India's Independence Day celebrations in Agartala, India, August 13, 2015. India commemorates its Independence Day on August 15.

Jayanta Dey/Reuters

Members of India’s Tripura State Rifles (TSR) take part in the full-dress rehearsal for India’s Independence Day celebrations in Agartala, India, on Thursday. India commemorates its Independence Day on Saturday.

oldiers guard a vehicle that is used to transport people in San Salvador on July 29, 2015, during the third day of a transport strike in El Salvador over the lack of security in the violence-plagued country. Street gangs in El Salvador killed a seventh bus driver Wednesday for defying their campaign to shut down public transport and force the government to recognize the feared urban posses. Many people used army trucks and other state-owned vehicles to get to work or school.

Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

Soldiers guard a vehicle that is used to transport people in San Salvador during a transport strike in El Salvador over the lack of security in the violence-plagued country. Street gangs in El Salvador killed a seventh bus driver on Wednesday for defying their campaign to shut down public transport and force the government to recognize the feared urban posses. Many people used army trucks and other state-owned vehicles to get to work or school.

Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills, prior to being sent the country's east to fight against pro-Russian separatists, in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Efrem Lukasky/AP

Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills, prior to being sent the country’s east to fight against pro-Russian separatists, in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev on Wednesday

Members of the Allied army practice their square formation to counter cavalry charges on Friday in Waterloo, Belgium. Around 5000 historical re-enactors will amass this evening to stage the 1st battle re-enactment, the 'French attack', in front of around 200,000 spectators from around the world. The event will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The 1815 battle saw the overthrow of Napoleon Bonaparte and the restoration of Louis XVIII to the French throne

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Members of the Allied army practice their square formation to counter cavalry charges on Friday in Waterloo, Belgium. Around 5000 historical re-enactors will amass this evening to stage the 1st battle re-enactment, the ‘French attack’, in front of around 200,000 spectators from around the world

Nigerien soldiers  patrol in Bosso

Issouf Sanogoissouf/AFP/Getty Images

Nigerien soldiers patrol in Bosso, near the Nigerian border. Niger has extended for three months the state of emergency in its southeastern Diffa region where the army has been battling Boko Haram militants since February.

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 May 20, 2015. Taking control of Ramadi would constitute the group's most important victory this year in Iraq, and would give the jihadists control of the capitals of two of its largest provinces

Sabah Arar/AFP

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

Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

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, May 15, 2015. Burundian forces arrested the leader of a failed coup on Friday and President Pierre Nkurunziza returned to the capital, his spokesman said, but protesters pledged to go back to the streets, setting the stage for more clashes.

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

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

Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

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, Thursday May 7, 2015.  Niyonzima fled from his house into a sewer under a hail of stones thrown by a mob protesting against President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision to seek a third term in office.  At least one protestor has died in clashes with the widely feared Imbonerakure militias and police, sending scores to the streets seeking revenge.  Jean Claude Niyonzima managed to flee from his house under a hail of stones into a covered sewer, where he remained till the army fired shots into the air to disperse the crowd

Jerome Delay/AP

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 demonstrate their skills how to fight back knife-wielding attackers during a martial arts demonstration for Children's Day at the War Museum in Seoul, Tuesday, May 5, 2015. May 5 is celebrated as Children's Day, a national holiday, in South Korea

Ahn Young-joon/AP

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

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. On 30 April 1975, North Vietnamese troops poured into Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City, for the final day of a two-decade conflict which had divided a nation, the end of the conflict coming two years after the United States withdrew its troops under the Paris Peace Accord

Le Quang Nhat/EPA

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

Pakistani commandos hang from a helicopter

Aamir Qureshiaanir/AFP/Getty Images

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, Monday, March 2, 2015. 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 Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion

Ahn Young-joon/AP

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 people move oil barrels away from the site of an explosion at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Mogadishu...Soldiers watch as people move oil barrels away from the site of an explosion at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, February 23, 2015.

Ismail Taxta/Reuters

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 servicemen ride on a tank as they leave area around Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine near Artemivsk February 18, 2015. Weary Ukrainian troops, some in columns, some in cars, began arriving on Wednesday from the besieged town of Debaltseve in Artemivsk, a Reuters witness said.

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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, 05 February 2015. Afghan national forces took over full responsibility for the country's security 01 January, as NATO-led coalition forces ended their 13 year combat mission and started a new phase providing training, advice, and assistance, and during his speech Ghani congratulated Afghans on the historic occasion, saying Afghanistan will no longer be a base for militant operations.

Jawad Jalali/EPA

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 newly elected Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Italy's new president, Sergio Mattarella, has taken the oath of office with a vow to fight corruption and organized crime and encourage the nation to embrace economic and electoral reform. The new head of state, whose brother, Piersanti Mattarella, was slain while governor of Sicily by the Mafia in 1980, denounced as "alarming" the spread of the Mafia from its traditional base in the south to northern cities. Mattarella, in his speech to Parliament Tuesday, also decried pervasive corruption, which he said robs citizens of resources meant for them and upsets market rules, "penalizing the honest and the capable."

Andrew Medichini/AP

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

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) passing out parade

Farooq Khan/EPA

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.