US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says South Korea is wealthy enough to pay a bigger share of the cost of having US troops on its soil. He was asked at a joint news conference on Friday
Three years after the Doklam stand-off, Indian and Chinese soldiers are facing each other again, this time at points along the 3,450-kilometre long line of actual control between the two countries.
The incident in the Galwan Valley saw 20 Indian troops killed and was the first time in 45 years that soldiers had died in combat on the Asian giants' long-disputed Himalayan border.
In keeping with tradition, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday will celebrate Christmas with French soldiers posted abroad, travelling this year to Ivory Coast as Paris seeks to strengthen regional ties against militants.
Iraq's parliament called on Sunday for the United States and other foreign troops to leave after Iran's most prominent general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed on Friday in a US drone strike on his convoy at a Baghdad airport.
Col. Tamer El Rifai said in his statement late on Saturday that the raids and airstrikes took place last week in the towns of Bir Al-Abed, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. He said forces dismantled at least five explosive devices and destroyed two four-wheel drive vehicles and a storehouse.
The airborne offensive into Iraq’s border region of Haftanin, some 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the Turkey-Iraq border, was launched following intense artillery fire into the area, said the Defence Ministry in Ankara.
The training of about 800 Ukrainian soldiers will be conducted exclusively at one of four locations in Britain, and New Zealand defence personnel will not travel to Ukraine, the government said in a statement.
The war in Ukraine has not only captured the full attention of Western leaders but also gripped the world media since Russian troops crossed the frontier on February 24th.