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Uganda President Promotes Son to One-Star General

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has made his son a brigadier-general and chief of the country’s Special Forces Command. Mr. Museveni — one of Africa longest-serving leaders — announced the promotion on Monday, along with the reshuffling of other military leaders. President Museveni’s son, Colonel Muhoozi Kainerugaba, is now a one-star general who oversees protection for […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Orders Top Military Officers to Retire

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has ordered his defense minister and military chief of staff to retire. President Morsi replaced the outgoing defense minister Hussein Tantawi — a holdover from ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s rule — Sunday with Abdel Fattah al-Sissi. He also has appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president. Tantawi had led […]

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Egypt’s Morsi Orders Top Military Officers to Retire

Posted August 12th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has ordered his defense minister and military council’s chief of staff to retire. A presidential spokesman also announced Sunday that Mr. Morsi has canceled a constitutional declaration the military approved shortly before his election that granted its top commanders wide powers. President Morsi replaced the outgoing defense minister Hussein Tantawi — […]

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Madagascar Military Quells Mutiny

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 4:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Madagascar’s army says it has taken back a military camp that was captured early Sunday by renegade soldiers. The army says it stormed the camp, located near the main airport in Antananarivo, killed the rebel leader and arrested several mutineers. Madagascar’s defense ministry says it mounted the attack after the rogue soldiers shot an officer […]

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Madagascar Military Battles Renegade Soldiers

Posted July 22nd, 2012 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Madagascar’s army says it is taking back a military camp captured early Sunday by renegade soldiers. The camp is located near the main airport in Antananarivo, where witnesses reported hearing gunfire on Sunday afternoon. The defense ministry says it mounted the attack after the rogue soldiers shot an officer sent to negotiate. The military urged […]

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Active Gay Military Members Allowed to Wear Uniforms in Gay Pride Parade

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 1:15 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Defense Department has given permission to active-duty service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade in San Diego, California. The Pentagon issued a memorandum Thursday saying it was permitting members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to openly take part in Saturday’s event because of national media attention. […]

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North Korea Names New Army Vice Marshall

Posted July 17th, 2012 at 1:10 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has named a new vice marshal of its army, continuing a reorganization of the country’s military leadership. State media says the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party and the National Defense Commission promoted Hyon Yong Chol to the post. Little is known about Hyon, who was elevated to the rank of general […]

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Japan Holds Regional Military Drills

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japan is hosting several of its Pacific neighbors for a joint military exercise intended to boost readiness to halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The drill, which will also include Australian, South Korean, and Singaporean airmen, will simulate the forced landing and inspection of a plane carrying radioactive substances flying into Japanese airspace. […]

US Commander in Africa: Pentagon Bolstering Operations on Continent

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The commander of U.S. forces in Africa says the Pentagon is bolstering its operations on the continent as the terror threat there grows. General Carter Ham told African military leaders in Washington Monday that three of the continent’s most dangerous terrorist groups are looking to coordinate their activities — al-Shabab, Boko Haram and al-Qaida in […]

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North Korea Objects to Use of Its Flag in U.S., South Korean Military Exercise

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has reacted angrily to a joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise that was held Friday, denouncing the use of its national flag as a target. Around 2,000 South Korean and U.S. troops, along with jet fighters, tanks and attack helicopters took part in Friday’s exercise to test responses to any assault. The exercise was […]

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