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Members of the Iraqi Special Operations Forces (ISOF) prepare before going out on a patrol in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad, June 30, 2014. Iraqi troops battled to dislodge an al Qaeda splinter group from the city of Tikrit on Monday after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across a swathe of Iraq and Syria. Alarming regional and world powers, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed universal authority when it dropped the local element in its name and said its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as leader of the Islamic State, was now caliph of the Muslim world - a medieval title last widely recognised in the Ottoman sultan deposed 90 years ago after World War One.

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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

Belarus Interior Ministry troops take part in the qualifying examinations for the "Madder Beret" headdress outside Minsk. Soldiers who pass the examinations receive a burgundy-coloured beret signifying they have been qualified as members of the Belarus Interior Ministry elite Special Forces.

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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 for...The members of Ivory Coast's special forces march, on August 7, 2013, at the presidential palace in Abidjan during celebrations marking the 53nd anniversairy of the country's independence from France. AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGOISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images

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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 FranceRead more

Members of the South Korean special forces take part in a military drill in Yeongcheon, southeast of Seoul in this May 2, 2013 picture provided by Yonhap. The two Koreas remain technically at war under a mere truce that ended hostilities in their 1950-53 conflict and North Korea, angry at U.N. sanctions and joint South Korean-U.S. military drills, has threatened both countries with nuclear attack in recent weeks.

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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.