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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    Free of graft and technically skilled: the qualities Xi seeks in new PLA generals

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 05:08am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The elevation of nearly two dozens officers suggests President Xi Jinping wants a military leadership free of graft and technically skilled, analysts say New generals show push for 'clean' force The latest round of promotions in the People's Liberation Army suggests President Xi Jinping is seeking to groom a new generation ...

  2. News - World - IRAQ

    Kurdish forces recapture key Iraqi dam as US, Britain step up support

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 05:54pm by AFP

    ... in early June, sweeping Iraqi security forces aside. IS militants, who have declared a “caliphate” straddling vast areas of Iraq and Syria, also came under air attack in their Syrian stronghold ... not be right to send an army into Iraq, some degree of military involvement was justified due to the threat that an expanding “terrorist state” would pose to Europe and its allies. His Defence Minister ...

  3. News - Asia - THAILAND

    26 suspects in Thailand charged over alleged plot to attack city

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 08:56pm by AFP

    ... Thailand – a traditional stronghold of fugitive premier Thaksin Shinawatra – after the army seized power in a bloodless coup on May 22. The 24 men and two women, aged between 40 to 72, were indicted by a military court in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen on Friday, their lawyer Winyat Chatmontree said. He said the group – named the “Khon Kaen Model” by the army – include farmers, ...

  4. News - World - SYRIA

    Syria rebels vow to punish atrocities amid video outrage

    Posted May 15th 2013, 05:18pm by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus The Free Syrian Army pledged on Wednesday to punish atrocities amid outrage over a video showing the mutilation of a corpse, as the regime ruled out ... will be punished severely even if they are associated with the Free Syrian Army,” the main rebel group said in a statement. It said field commanders had been instructed “to begin a prompt investigation ...

  5. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Syrian civil war divides the Damascus-loyalist Druze in Golan

    Posted Apr 02nd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... support the Syrian people, and therefore I support Assad," said shopkeeper Abu Zayd- not his real name. "There's no such thing as the Free Syrian Army (the main rebel force)," ... of a minority, evidenced by a Syrian opposition flag planted atop an Israeli army communications mast just outside town, are stoking sometimes acrimonious splits, even within families. "Imagine ...

  6. News - World - SYRIA

    Syrian army pounds Aleppo airbase

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 03:46pm by Agence France-Presse in Beirut

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beirut Syria’s army launched multiple attacks on rebel positions on Tuesday in the northern province of Aleppo, including insurgent-held areas of a key airbase, a monitoring group said. Syrian government forces shelled parts of the Minnigh military airbase a day after rebels seized its strategic radar tower, months into a battle for the site in northern Syria, ...

  7. News - World

    Syria opposition talks intensify as bombs hit army

    Posted Nov 10th 2012, 08:23pm by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... of the country. Opposition talks in the Qatari capital Doha saw the Syrian National Council vying to keep its leading role in the face of US- and Arab-backed proposals to form a new government-in-waiting ... of Syria’s nearly 20-month uprising. The blasts struck minutes apart in the back garden of the club, killing at least 20 soldiers and possibly many more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ...

  8. News - World - IRAQ

    Militants free Indian nurses trapped by offensive in Iraq

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:43am by AP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Baghdad Militants free Indian nurses in Iraq Forty-six Indian nurses trapped by a swift militant offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq were freed yesterday. ... ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin hailed their release, telling reporters in New Delhi that "hope... has triumphed". On the ground in Iraq, the army retook Saddam's home village ...

  9. News - World - SYRIA

    Top Syrian general defects to rebel side

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 02:33pm by Associated Press in Beirut

    ... widespread or decisive defections in response to a video address in English and Arabic released on Friday by General Salim Idris, who defected last July and is now the leader of the Free Syrian Army's unified military command. Instead, Assad's government went on the political offensive, calling on Brazil, China, India and other developing powers to help stop the Syrian conflict ...

  10. News - World

    Syrian army in full control of Qusayr region, says state TV

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 02:11pm by Agence France-Presse in Damascus

    ... come as officials from Russia, the US and the UN gathered in Geneva to work on a peace conference amid fresh allegations that the Damascus regime has used chemical weapons. “The Syrian army ... Agence France-Presse in Damascus Gaining the strategic region marks major victory for regime forces Syria’s army has overrun the strategic town of Qusayr, state media said on Wednesday, ...




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