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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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

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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 BSF soldiers ride camels as they rehearse for "Beating Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi

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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.

Indian soldiers practice a march ahead of Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama will be the "chief guest" at this year's parade, marked annually on Jan. 26.

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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, January 15, 2015. 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.

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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...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 January 14, 2015. France deploys 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, officials said.

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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

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...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 December 19, 2014.

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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 shout as they practise in temperatures of about minus 30 degrees centigrade (-22 F) in Heihe, Heilongjiang province

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Soldiers practise manoeuvres in temperatures of minus 30C in Heihe, Heilongjiang province in northeast China

A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi

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A priest blesses servicemen during a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, on Tuesday. According to Georgia’s Defence Ministry, a joint company from the IV mechanized brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces is departing to Afghanistan to take over from another Georgian unit, as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), NATO military operation.

Yemeni police gather at the damaged residence of the Iranian ambassador after a car bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. A massive car bomb exploded Wednesday morning in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, apparently targeting the home of the Iranian ambassador, Yemeni security officials said.

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Yemeni police gather at the damaged residence of the Iranian ambassador after a massive car bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen, on Wednesday morning

Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday. Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes, monitors said. At least 50 jihadists were killed in the embattled border town in suicide bombings, clashes with Kobane's Kurdish defenders and air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Turkish soldiers gather around a bonfire in Mursitpinar in the Sanliurfa province near the border with Syria on Monday. Islamic State group jihadists battling for control of the Syrian town of Kobani (Ain al-Arab) suffered some of their heaviest losses yet in 24 hours of clashes and US-led air strikes

Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad November 19, 2014.

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Iraqi security forces march on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad on Wednesday

Swiss army soldiers rest during the ABC FTX14 joined drill of the Swiss and German army Bundeswehr in Thonex near Geneva November 14, 2104. Some 900 soldiers, including 130 from the Bundeswehr, train from November 10 to 20 with ten civil agencies on NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) and explosvies risks.

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Swiss army soldiers rest during the ABC FTX14 joint drill of the Swiss and German army Bundeswehr in Thonex near Geneva

Troops in Afghanistan...Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Officer Commanding 7 Force Protection Wing, carries a carefully folded Union Flag under his arm and back home to the UK as he walks out towards helicopter as the last British boots to leave Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as UK and Coalition forces carry out their Tactical Withdrawal finally leaving the base and handing it over to Afghan National Army. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 27, 2014. See PA story DEFENCE Afghanistan. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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Wing Commander Matt Radnall, Officer Commanding 7 Force Protection Wing, carries a carefully-folded Union Jack flag under his arm as he walks towards a helicopter. These are the last British boots to leave Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Soldiers of Belarus special mission unit take part in a demonstration at the cadet of the Suvorov military school during the traditional school year opening ceremony marking  the start of the academic year in Russia and many countries of the former Soviet Union in Minsk on September 1, 2014.

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Soldiers of Belarus special mission unit take part in a demonstration at the cadet of the Suvorov military school during the traditional school year opening ceremony marking the start of the academic year in Minsk on Monday

Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on September 1, 2014 , following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing. Israel downed a drone over the occupied Golan Heights yesterday, the army said, amid mounting tension on the UN-patrolled armistice line with Syria on the strategic plateau.

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Israeli soldiers block a main road near the Quneitra border crossing in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Monday, following heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and opposition forces in Syrian territory, near the Quneitra crossing

Captured Ukrainian border guard sits in a  garage at the Novoazovsk border crossing point, in eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. In Novoazovsk, pro Russian rebel fighters looked to be in firm control, well-equipped and relaxed. At least half a dozen tanks were seen on roads around the town, although the total number at the rebelsí disposal is believed to be much greater. Novoazovsk fell swiftly to the rebels Wednesday after being pounded by shelling.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Captured Ukrainian border guard sits in a garage at the Novoazovsk border crossing point, in eastern Ukraine on Friday.