Mar 27, 2015

Pakistan mulling Saudi request to send troops to Yemen

Pakistan said Thursday it is considering a request from Saudi Arabia to contribute troops to a Gulf-led operation against militants in Yemen who have seized large swaths of the country. A delegation of high-level Pakistani officials, including Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, is expected ...

Mar 12, 2015

France to boost Sahel troops to help Boko Haram fight

France will boost its military presence in the troubled Sahel region of Africa where jihadi groups operate to support the fight against Boko Haram, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he said France would “slightly increase” the number of soldiers ...

Feb 24, 2015

Japanese troops won't be sent to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

The Defense Ministry is dropping its plan to send Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to Sierra Leone to help the West African nation fight Ebola, government sources said. The ministry had planned to start the GSDF operation in April. The plan now appears difficult in ...

Italy deploys 4,800 soldiers for security at sensitive sites

Feb 19, 2015

Italy deploys 4,800 soldiers for security at sensitive sites

Italian security chiefs on Tuesday approved a plan to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets throughout the country to help guard against potential militant attacks, the Interior Ministry said. A statement after a meeting of military and security officials said they would guard sensitive ...

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Jan 2, 2015

Syrian president visits front on New Year's Eve

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country’s civil war, spending New Year’s Eve with his troops in a tense eastern Damascus neighborhood, state media said Thursday. State TV footage showed Assad having dinner of baked beans ...

Nov 24, 2014

Egypt willing to send troops to future Palestine

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in remarks published Sunday that Egypt is prepared to send troops into a future Palestinian state to assist local police and guarantee Israel’s security. In comments to Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, el-Sissi said the troops would be stationed ...

Mar 24, 2014

Ukraine orders Crimean troop withdrawal

Ukraine on Monday ordered its outnumbered troops to withdraw from Crimea following the peninsula’s lightning seizure and annexation by Russia in response to the fall in Kiev of a pro-Kremlin regime. The dramatic but seemingly inevitable announcement came after the fall of another Ukrainian ...

Nov 18, 2013

Warships, 650 troops sent to help Philippines

Japan on Monday dispatched two warships carrying some 650 troops to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, the first major contingent of its military’s largest overseas aid deployment. The two vessels, also carrying six helicopters, left the port of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, and are scheduled to arrive ...