The Iraqi Special Operations Forces prepare for patrol in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad. Iraqi troops battled to dislodge the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) from the city of Tikrit on Monday, after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across of Iraq and Syria
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Belarus interior ministry troops take part in an exam outside Minsk to achieve the burgundy coloured “madder beret”, which signifies they have qualified as members of the ministry’s elite special forces
The members of Ivory Coast‘s special forces march at the presidential palace in Abidjan on Wednesday during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversary of the country’s independence from France. Read more
Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul. The two Koreas technically remain at war under a truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-1953 conflict. North Korea is angry at UN sanctions and joint South Korean-US military drills, and has recently threatened both countries with nuclear attack.