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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. 

NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers rest after taking part in a crowd and riot control exercise near the town of Ferizaj on August 29, 2014. Despite the deteriorating situation in the Middle East and Ukraine, NATO does not plan to reduce the number of its peacekeeping troops in Kosovo.

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NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) soldiers rest after taking part in a crowd and riot control exercise near the town of Ferizaj on Friday

Some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 27, 2014. The UNDOF mission was established to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region. The Irish contingent will constitute the Force Reserve Company. Its tasks will be to provide Armoured Force Protection for UNDOF Personnel.

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Some of 130 soldiers from the 46th Infantry Group go through final preparations at the Glen of Imaal ahead of deployment to the United Nations Disengagement Observation Force in the Golan Heights region of Syria. The UNDOF mission was established to supervise the implementation of an Area of Separation and two equal zones of limited forces and armaments in the Golan Heights region

Somali soldiers patrol in Wadajir district South of capital following heavy fighting as Somali government and African Union troops battled a powerful militia warlord in a bid to disarm him, on August 15, 2014 in Mogadishu. Somalia's government launched a disarmament campaign earlier this month, with troops backed by the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM) today fighting to seize weapons from militia leader Ahmed Dai.

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Somali soldiers patrol in Wadajir district South of capital following heavy fighting as Somali government and African Union troops battled a powerful militia warlord in a bid to disarm him, on Friday in Mogadishu

 Ukrainian soldiers on an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) in the eastern Ukrainian city Kramatorsk, Ukraine, 14 August 2014. Ukraine said that any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country's embattled east. The Ukrainian government fears the Russians could be supplying arms to separatists, under the guise of supplying 2,000 tons of food and medicine to civilians in the rebel-held areas.

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Ukrainian soldiers on an armoured personnel carrier in the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine says any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country’s embattled east

Israeli soldiers make their to rest at a...Israeli soldiers make their to rest at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on August 4, 2014. An eight-year-old girl was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on the beachfront Shati refugee camp in Gaza City just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said.  AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Israeli soldiers make their way to rest at an army deployment area near Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip. An eight-year-old girl was killed and 30 people wounded in a strike on the beachfront Shati refugee camp in Gaza City just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said. 

Restored WW1 Altar Frontal...LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01:  Canon Michael Hampel holds a chalice above an historic embroidered alter frontal at St Paul's Cathedral on August 1, 2014 in London, England. The altar frontal which was made for St Pauls Cathedral by severely injured World War One servicemen is being displayed in for the first time in 70 years to mark the Centenary of the War. A special service will be held on Sunday August 3, 2014  at which the altar frontal will be used for the first time since the 1940s. Relatives of some of the men will be present, including two surviving children from the UK, and numerous members of one family from Canada.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Canon Michael Hampel holds a chalice above an embroidered altar frontal at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday in London, England. The frontal, which was made for the cathedral by injured first world war servicemen, is being displayed for the first time in 70 years to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

Ukrainian government soldiers sit on an armoured vehicle as they take up a position in a sunflower field around 20 Km south of Donetsk on July 10, 2014. Ukrainian forces have massed tanks and armoured vehicles around 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk. A column of vehicles stretching a kilometre and a half (one mile) arrived on Wednesday without facing any resistance, Ukrainian soldiers said, as part of a campaign to surround Donetsk and the neighbouring city of Lugansk, also controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

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Ukrainian government soldiers sit on an armoured vehicle as they take up a position in a sunflower field about 20 km south of Donetsk. Ukrainia forces have massed tanks and armoured vehicles about 20 km south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk