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17-year-old soldier sent to war by mistake

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LONDON – Britain’s military says a soldier was by mistake sent to fight on the front line in Afghanistan while he was still just 17 years old. The Ministry of Defense said Thursday that the incident was regrettable and violated military policy. Sixteen and 17-year-olds can join the British army but are not allowed to [...]

Turkish military jet went missing

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ANKARA, Turkey – The Turkish Air Force reported one of its small jets went missing in the Aegean Sea. The air force says in a statement on its website that the T-37C light-attack aircraft, with two pilots aboard, went missing over the Bay of Aliaga on Monday during a training flight. It says helicopters, planes [...]

Egyptian military ruler in Libya for a visit

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TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s premier on Monday asked Egypt’s visiting military ruler to hand over backers of the ousted Moammar Gadhafi regime who fled to Egypt. Egypt’s Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday. It was his first visit to Egypt’s western neighbor since his military council assumed power after [...]

Military spending cuts to be unveiled Thursday

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is putting his personal stamp on a rejiggered Pentagon strategy for absorbing hundreds of billions of dollars in defense budget cuts, marking a turning point in U.S. security policy after a decade of war. Obama planned to make a rare appearance in the Pentagon press briefing room Thursday to announce [...]

Egyptian court bans military 'virginity tests'

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CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the country’s military rulers to stop the use of “virginity tests” on female detainees, a practice that has caused an uproar among activists and rights groups. The virginity test allegations first surfaced after a March 9 rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that turned violent when men in [...]

Egypt's military tries to discredit protesters

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CAIRO – Egypt’s ruling military questioned the morals of a female detainee, accused a prominent publisher of incitement and bashed the media for allegedly working to destabilize the country in a new effort Monday to crush the pro-democracy movement trying to oust the generals. The criticism, delivered by a member of the ruling military council [...]

Pakistan: secret memo raise internal tensions

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Supreme Court opened hearings Monday into a secret memo sent to Washington that has sharply raised tensions between the powerful military and the civilian government. The proceedings could hurt President Asif Ali Zardari politically and further enflame relations between the government and the military, which was outraged by the letter asking for [...]

Obama marking end of Iraq war

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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina – President Barack Obama saluted returning troops Wednesday, applauding their “extraordinary achievement” and declaring that the nearly nine-year conflict in Iraq is ending “not with a final battle, but with a final march toward home.” Marking the conclusion of the war at this military redoubt that’s seen more than 200 deaths [...]

UK women to begin serving in submarines in 2013

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LONDON – Britain’s Defense Secretary has lifted a ban on women serving in submarines. Philip Hammond says the first female officers will begin serving on nuclear-powered submarines in late 2013. The Ministry of Defense said the decision comes on the heels of an 18-month review conducted by the Royal Navy looking at the legal, operational, [...]

Egypt military wants to oversee constitution draft

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CAIRO – Egypt’s military rulers said Wednesday the next parliament will not be representative enough to independently oversee the drafting of a new constitution, and they will appoint a council to guide the process and protect it from the influence of religious extremists. Egypt just completed the initial stage of the first elections since Hosni [...]

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