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A descendant of Comanche indian soldiers prays on Utah Beach on June 9, 2014 in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France. 14 Comanche code talkers landed on June 6,1944 in Utah Beach with the 4th US infantry division. They used the Comanche language to transmit messages that could not be understood by the German occupiers.

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A descendant of Comanche Indian soldiers prays on Utah Beach on Monday in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, northwestern France. Fourteen Comanche code talkers landed there on June 6, 1944, with the 4th US infantry division.

French teenagers who are part of a WWII reenactment group relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to 'Gold Beach' as preparations for the 70th Anniversary Of D-Day are finalised on June 2, 2014 in Bayeux, France. Friday 6th June is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings which saw 156,000 troops from the allied countries including the United Kingdom and the United States join forces to launch an audacious attack on the beaches of Normandy,  these assaults are credited with the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany. A series of events commemorating the 70th anniversary are planned for the week with many heads of state travelling to the famous beaches to pay their respects to those who lost their lives.

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French teenagers, who are part of a second world war re-enactment group, relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to Gold beach, as preparations for the 70th anniversary of D-day are finalised on Monday in Bayeux, France

French soldiers of the Sangaris contingent patrol the site of a barricade in central Bangui on May 30, 2014.  Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday, a military source said. Central Africa's interim president Friday dubbed as a "terrorist act" this week's attack on a church in the capital Bangui that killed 17 people and led to 27 others being abducted on May 28.

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French soldiers of the Sangaris contingent patrol the site of a barricade in central Bangui. Security forces fired warning shots as protesters in Bangui demanded the resignation of the interim government and the removal of foreign troops from Central African Republic on Friday

Ukrainian soldiers stay near of a checkpoint seized by them not far of Slaviansk, Ukraine, 02 May 2014. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern city of Sloviansk early on 02 May. The Ukraininan Defence Ministry said that two crew members were killed and an unspecified number of soldiers were injured after separatists shot down two Mi-24 assault helicopters with surface-to-air missiles. A third, Mi-8 transport helicopter, was hit by bullets but escaped unharmed, the ministry said. 'Putin has called such an operation a criminal action. Sadly the latest developments fully support that,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, and has practically destroyed the last hope for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

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Ukrainian soldiers near the checkpoint they seized outside Slavyansk, eastern Ukraine, on Friday. At least three people were killed and several were injured in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists in Slavyansk.

Tension Mounts In Eastern Ukraine

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A child walks past pro-Russia militants guarding the front of the city council building in Konstantinovka, Ukraine. Militants stormed and took control of the building and the city’s police station on Monday.

Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk...Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

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Ukrainian soldiers walk in the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield from pro-Russian separatist militiamen, prompting Russian President Vladimir Putin to warn of the risk of civil war. 

North Korean female soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea's late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

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Female North Korean soldiers prepare to take a commemorative photograph in front of a flower exhibition featuring North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

A Ukrainian officer leaves as Russian so...A Ukrainian officer leaves as Russian soldiers stand guard after they took control of the Ukrainian navy south headquarters base in Novoozerne on March 19, 2014. Russian forces seized control of a second Ukrainian navy base in western Crimea on March 19, hours after capturing the main navy headquarters in Sevastopol. Some 50 Ukrainian servicemen were seen filing out of the base at Novoozerne as Russian soldiers stood by, while pro-Moscow militants raised the Russian flag over the base.  AFP PHOTO/ Filippo MONTEFORTE FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

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A Ukrainian officer leaves as Russian soldiers stand guard after they took control of the Ukrainian navy south headquarters base in Novoozerne. Russian forces seized control of a second Ukrainian navy base in western Crimea on Wednesday, hours after capturing the main navy headquarters in Sevastopol. Some 50 Ukrainian servicemen were seen filing out of the base at Novoozerne as Russian soldiers stood by, while pro-Moscow militants raised the Russian flag over the base 

Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria observe Syrian territory from Israeli side of the border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Wednesday in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights wounded four of its soldiers.

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Israeli soldiers deployed on the border with Syria keep watch from the Israeli side of the border near the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Wednesday in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. Israel launched air raids against Syrian army positions and issued a stark warning to Damascus just hours after a bomb on the occupied Golan Heights wounded four of its soldiers.

Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx in front...Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx in front of him during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Canadian soil, in Ottawa, Ontario on March 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Cole BurstonCole Burston/AFP/Getty Images

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Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Ottawa, Ontario. 

Rehearsal Ahead Of The Reburial Ceremony Of British World War I Soldiers...LOOS-EN-GOHELLE, FRANCE - MARCH 13:  Members of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland  rehearse for a re-burial ceremony amongst World War One headstones in Loos British Cemetery on March 13, 2014 in Loos-en-Gohelle, France. Almost 100 years after they were killed in action in the World War One battle of Loos in 1915, twenty British soldiers will be re-interred in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Loos British Cemetery in Northern France. Private William McAleer, from the 7th Battalion the Royal Scottish Fusiliers, was found with his identity disc, but others found with him remain unidentified and will be buried as soldiers Known unto God.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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Members of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland rehearse for a re-burial ceremony in Loos British Cemetery in Loos-en-Gohelle, France. Twenty British soldiers will be re-interred almost 100 years after they were killed in action during the battle of Loos in 1915 

New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong...New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul March 6, 2014. REUTERS/Jung Yeon-je/Pool (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: MILITARY)

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New South Korean military officers cheer during a joint commissioning ceremony for 5,860 officers from the army, navy, air force and marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul 

Ukrainian recruits line up as they receive military instructions from a commander in a recruitment self defense quarter at Kiev's Independence Square, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow fired warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Ukrainian military recruits receive instructions in Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine. Tensions remain high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers 

Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol...Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol March 3, 2014. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War. Russian forces have already bloodlessly seized Crimea, an isolated Black Sea peninsula where Moscow has a naval base. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

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Military personnel, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol. Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the west since the Cold War 

Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes.

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Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade with prayer shawls after night training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Hezbollah says Israel conducted an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties.

Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese President Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain (both not seen), in Beijing, China, 19 February 2014. The Pakistani president is on an official visit in China; his first foreign trip since taking office.

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Soldiers march out of the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain. Mr Hussain is on an official visit to China, his first foreign trip since taking office

A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2014" joint military exercise, in Chanthaburi province...A U.S. Marine drinks the blood of a cobra during a jungle survival exercise with the Thai Navy as part of the "Cobra Gold 2014" joint military exercise, at a military base in Chanthaburi province February 13, 2014. About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries, Thailand, U.S., Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are participating in the 11-day military exercise.

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A US Marine drinks cobra blood during jungle survival training with the Thai navy at the Cobra Gold 2014 joint military exercise, at a base in Chanthaburi province on Thursday. About 13,000 soldiers from seven countries – Thailand, the US, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia – are participating in the 11-day event.

British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.  The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, including Chertsey which is about 30 miles west of central London. Some hundreds of troops have been deployed to assist with flood protection and to get medical assistance to the sick and vulnerable.

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British army soldiers place sandbags at the entrance to a flooded house at Chertsey, England. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level for many years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London, including Chertsey which is about 30 miles west of central London.

The Row2Recovery Team, made up of four British soldiers, light flares as they cross the finish line off the coast of the Caribbean island of Antigua after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 22, 2014.

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The Row2Recovery Team, made up of four British soldiers, light flares as they cross the finish line off the coast of the Caribbean island of Antigua after rowing across the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday.

Graduation ceremony of Libyan army  ...epaselect epa04024615 Libyan army soldiers march in a military parade during a graduation ceremony for a new batch of Libyan National Army, in Tripoli, Libya, 16 January 2014.  EPA/SABRI ELMHEDWI

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Libyan army soldiers march in a military parade during a graduation ceremony for a new batch of Libyan National Army, in Tripoli, Libya