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A convoy of UAE military vehicles and personnel travels from Al Hamra Military Base to Zayed Military City, marking the return of the first batch of UAE Armed Forces military personnel from Yemen, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 7, 2015. <br>Ryan Carter-Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi/WAM via AP

UAE's battle-hardened military expands into Africa, Mideast

The United Arab Emirates is better known for its skyscrapers and pampered luxuries, but its small size belies a quiet expansion of its battle-hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East.


Deployment reunites sergeant with estranged mother

Sometimes soldiers go into war zones. Sometimes they’re sent to Hawaii. “It’s called ‘the needs of the Army,’” said Master Sgt. Bakkafa Casey. “If it so happens to be where you want to go, that’s awesome.”


New South Sudan fighting displaces 25,000 people

The fighting has caused a reduction in humanitarian services and a shortage of water for the displaced. Civilians are fleeing to the nearby South Sudanese town of Aburoc.

Islamic State car bomb kills 4 tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai

An Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a tribal checkpoint in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, killing four members of a powerful local tribe and wounding others, Egyptian security officials said.


Egypt steps up security ahead of pope's visit

Egypt has heightened security in the area around the Vatican residence in Cairo ahead of Pope Francis' visit this weekend, which comes weeks after suicide attacks on two churches killed dozens of people.


In Somalia it’s a race against time for AFRICOM-backed troops

Time is running out to prepare Somalia’s fledgling army to lead the fight against the militant group al-Shabab, which could eventually overwhelm local forces if their capabilities aren’t quickly improved, the commander of the African Union’s military mission in Somalia said Thursday.


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