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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Troops

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# Feet on the Ground
US sends 300 more troops to Iraq
The move raises the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 750, the Pentagon said.
# Rebels
Ukrainian president aims to ease fighting with week-long ceasefire
Russia has demanded an apology after a customs officer was wounded at a border checkpoint.
# enda on tour
Hello soldiers: Taoiseach to meet the troops serving in Lebanon
The Taoiseach will also announce an additional €2 million in emergency funding to help Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
# Mosul
Militants seize Iraq's second largest city, as troops throw away uniforms and abandon posts
The militant groups have launched a series of major operations in Iraq in recent days, killing scores of people and highlighting the weakness of the country’s security forces.
# unrest
Mortars target Iraq voting centres as polls open in first election since US troops left
The country’s prime minister said he is certain of winning.
# Deaths
Five NATO soldiers killed in British helicopter crash in Afghanistan
The cause of the helicopter crash is not immediately known.
# Ukraine
Russia is trying to trigger World War III - Kiev
The developments prompted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to call Russian President Vladimir Putin to voice “great concern”.
# crisis
Ukraine revives offensive against rebels while US sends 'reassuring' troops
Pro-Moscow insurgents are also currently holding two journalists.
# crisis
Are Russian troops withdrawing from the Ukrainian border? Not as far as NATO can see
Ukraine reported yesterday that troops had started leaving the area.
# Defence Forces
Watch: Irish troops return home from their six-month tour of duty in Syria
A couple even got to meet their newborns for the first time.
# crisis
Outnumbered: Ukrainian troops withdraw from Crimea
Assaults on Ukrainian military bases in the region continued today.
# Kremlin
Putin seeks parliament approval for the use of Russian troops in Ukraine
In a statement he requested that Russian armed forces be used on Ukrainian territory ‘until the normalisation of the political situation’.
# Golan Heights
Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target
The Minister for Defence said we must accept we are putting troops in harm’s way when we deploy them to these types of operations.
# general service
Defence Forces to begin general service recruiting early next year --- Shatter
The new staff will be hired in order to keep the personnel level above the ‘agreed stabilised strength’ of 9,500.
# Conflict
France to double the number of troops in Central African Republic
President Francois Hollande promised that the 600 hundred troops in the country will be doubled “within a few days, even a few hours”.
# Conflict
France to deploy 1,000 troops to Central African Republic as situation worsens
The Prime Minister of Central African Republic said “serious war crimes” are being committed in his country.
# Defence Forces
Explainer: What are Irish troops doing in Syria?
115 Irish Defence Forces personnel have now arrived at their new base. Why were they sent there? How long is the mission? How will they spend their downtime? Your questions, answered.
# Westgate Mall
Kenyan troops "in control" of Westgate Mall
The three-day siege at the upmarket Nairobi mall is nearing an end, the country’s Interior Ministry says.
# Africa
Bloody Sunday colonel killed by robbers in Kenya
Edward Loden commanded a Parachute Regiment unit that opened fire on civilians on Bloody Sunday in 1972.
# Syria
UN delays Irish troops heading to the Golan Heights by three weeks
Commandant Denis Hanly said the United Nations requested the troops to be delayed “for administration reasons”.
# cathal brugha barracks
Shatter to review troops ahead of Syria deployment
The 115 members of the 43rd Infantary Group will head out to the Golan Heights to take part in a UN mission in the coming days.
# Mexico
Mexican troops occupy towns amid war between vigilantes and drug cartels
Communities mistrustful of state authorities have been creating their own vigilante forces for protection against the cartels.
# Mali
France withdraws first batch of soldiers from Mali
The country will gradually pull its soldiers out of the country, leaving a permanent 1,000 strong-force to fight terrorism.
# Mali
French troops at gates of last major city in northern Mali
French troops landed at the airport in Kidal, a senior Tuareg figure confirmed.
# Shannon
Drop in troop flights contributes to decline in Shannon passenger numbers
It was a difficult year for the airport, but 2013 will “mark the turning point” for recovery, a spokesperson said.
# Massacre
Nigerian troops swarm after 40 killed in student massacre
Last week in Mubi, Nigeria’s military conducted a high-profile raid targeting an extremist group, killing a senior figure and arresting 156 suspected members.
# Going Home
After 3 years, the last US surge troops leave Afghanistan
President Barack Obama had ordered the surge in 2009 in a bid to deal with increasing tensions in Afghanistan.
# Defence Forces
Reports that Defence Forces troops to be cut are 'speculation'
It was reported today that 500 troops are to be cut from the Defence Forces – but this has been denied.
# Japan
Japan: Troops fly supplies to people cut off after floods
Some 3,500 people have been cut off in mountainous areas due to landslides and fallen trees following unprecedented rain.
Francois Hollande makes surprise trip to Afghanistan over troop pullout
The French president told troops in Afghanistan that the French exit from Afghanistan is imminent.
Nato exit strategy from Afghanistan to start mid-2013
US President Barack Obama espite said that France’s decision to withdraw troops early would not affect Nato’s mission in Afghanistan.
# Australia
Australia to withdraw troops from Afghanistan one year early
Prime Minister’s announcement comes weeks before NATO summit in Chicago.
# Syria
Syria agrees April 10 deadline to pull troops out
UN envoy Kofi Annan makes progress amid reports that a high-profile Syrian activist is being detained and tortured.
# Syria
Syrian troops and gunmen clash in Damascus
The clashes follow Saturday’s car bombings, which killed 27 people. Three strong explosions were reported in Damascus last night.
# Afghanistan
Six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan
This brings the number of UK personnel killed in Afghanistan conflict to 400. But UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said that morale remains high.
# Syria
UN humanitarian envoy refused entry to Syria
Meanwhile, Syria’s main opposition group formed a military council and Britain has closed its embassy in the country and withdrawn all diplomatic staff.
# Syria
UN to hold key talks on resolution demanding Assad steps aside
The move comes as Syrian troops push further into Damascus suburbs, crushing pockets of resistance.
# Iraq War
Elation as final US troops roll out of Iraq
The last American soldiers whooped and hugged as they crossed the border into neighbouring Kuwait.
# Kabul
Thirteen NATO troops and four civilians killed in Kabul blast
The 13 soldiers killed were all American troops. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
# Iraq War
Obama: All US troops will leave Iraq by end of the year
The US president has declared an end to the Iraq war, with only security guards to remain in the country.