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Taliban fighters hold their weapons before surrendering them to Afghan authorities in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Around 53 Taliban fighters laid down their weapons at a ceremony, as part of a peace-reconciliation program
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A member of the Taiwanese honour guard takes part in a change of duty ceremony at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday
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Former Afghan Taliban fighters carry their weapons before handing them over as part of a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Jalalabad
Shia tribesmen, known as Houthis, hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen on Tuesday
Tribal fighters loyal to Yemen’s government stand on a hill at the frontline of fighting against Houthi militants in the central province of Marib in Yemen
Ukrainian soldiers demonstrate their skills, prior to being sent the country’s east to fight against pro-Russian separatists, in a military base in the village of Novi Petrivtsi near Kiev on Wednesday
Rebel fighters carry their weapons as they move towards their positions at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Maysaloun neighborhood in the old city of Aleppo on Monday
A Pro-Russian gunman prepares in his room in the Oktyaber neighborhood, north west of Donetsk, near the destroyed airport, on Thursday, following last days shelling in eastern Ukraine
An employee inspects an M21 assault rifle, manufactured by Zastava Arms, in the showroom at the Zastava Oruzje AD firearms factory in Kragujevac, Serbia.
An Israeli soldier carries a shell as he and his comrades prepare their Merkava tanks stationed at an army deployment area along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday
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Kurdish security forces take up positions while guarding an oil refinery on the outskirts of Mosul after Sunni extremists advanced through west Iraq in recent days
Shia tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq
Free Syrian Army fighters brandish their weapons in the countryside near Hama, during what activists said was a call for leaders of other military groups to start liberating the central Syrian city from forces loyal to president Bashar al-Assad
Military policemen hold their weapons as they are surrounded by a mob during a confrontation between anti-coup protesters and military at the Victory monument in Bangkok
Israeli military policewomen wait for the display of rockets after being seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel on Monday. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets’ purported recipients.
Opposition supporters in military-style uniforms and carrying sticks, line up in front of the city council building before marching through central Kiev, Ukraine, as the country’s political crisis enters its third month
An artillery firing exercise is under way at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, South Korea. South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts.
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.
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.