Former Taliban militants stand behind a rusty old light machine gun as they surrender their weapons under a US-backed Afghan government amnesty programme, in Herat, Afghanistan on Wednesday. Hundreds of anti-government militants have surrendered to the government under an amnesty programme launched in 2004 by Hamid Karzai, Afghan president. Read more
Visitors try out small weapons on HMAS Darwin at the Royal Australian Navy’s Sydney base on Garden Island. The open day was part of the navy’s celebrations to mark 100 years since its first ships entered Sydney Harbour. Other events included an International Fleet Review with visiting warships from Britain, Singapore, Japan, India, Thailand and the United States.
A rebel fighter cleans his weapon as two of his comrades look on in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Syrian rebels have agreed a ceasefire with Al-Qaeda loyalists after bitter fighting for a key border town, a monitoring group said on Friday, as the opposition condemned the jihadist assault.
A Free Syrian Army fighter relaxes on a sofa in the old city of Aleppo, Syria on Wednesday
Afghan villagers on Tuesday raise their weapons against the Taliban in Sor Kandaw village in the Dur Baba District of Nangarhar Province. Taliban fighters are being pushed out of some areas in eastern Afghanistan by local militias defending their villages, according to local leaders. Read more
An African Union Mission in Somalia soldier, part of the Burundian contingent to the mission, stands guard at an underground bunker in Daynille, Somalia. Humanitarian civilian EOD teams, with the support of Amisom, are in the process of emptying 23 bunkers in Daynille of explosives. The bunkers, remnants of the Siad Barre regime, still contain weapons which, if not destroyed, could pose a risk to civilians and provide bombmaking material for al-Shabaab militants.