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First crash of an A400M in Spain

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Juncker about CFSP : A bunch of chickens looks like a combat formation

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker called again for the bloc to build an army, saying a flock of hens posed more of a threat than its current military capabilities. "A bunch of chickens looks like a combat formation compared to the foreign and security policy of the European Union," Juncker told a Brussels forum in typically lively language.

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French soldiers accused of sexual abuse : EUFOR RCA

French soldiers are accused of sexually abusing children in the center at Bangui airport, Central African capital, between December 2013 and June 2014. After the rape charges brought against French soldiers in the CAR, the correspondent of France Info locally collected particularly explicit testimony about the alleged practices of French and Georgian military :

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Poland buy Airbus H225M Caracal Helicopters

Poland has selected the US Patriot system and the H225M Caracal helicopter as the European nation faces an increasingly aggressive Russia. Poland has chosen the Caracal from Airbus Helicopters, beating competition from the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk and AgustaWestland AW149, the Airbus unit.

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Norway: Russia using a former NATO submarine base

A former secret underwater base in the Arctic was ceded in 2008 to a businessman who is now leasing the base to Russian ships. Former Norwegian high-ranking officials are protesting this mistake, with the Arctic waters regaining strategic importance in light of the latest tensions between Russia and NATO. In the absence of anticipating the revival of the Russian giant, which deploys its imposing fleet in the Barents Sea, Norway decided in 2008, in a regional context that was then pacified, to separate from the Olavsvern base near the port of Tromsø.

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EUMAM RCA

On the 16 March 2015 the Council has launched the EU's military advisory mission in the Central African Republic (EUMAM RCA), which it established on 19 January 2015. It sets out to support the Central African authorities in preparing areform of the security sectorwith respect to the armed forces of the Central African Republic (FACA).

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Plan Mugabe : Budget de l`Union africaine

L’Union africaine, successeur légitime de l’OUA a lancé des projets très ambitieux pour le continent africain surtout en 2003, depuis la présidence nigériane d'Olusegun Obasanjo et son secrétaire général malien, Alpha Konaré. Konaré a envisagé un plan stratégique de l’Union africaine de 1,7 milliard de dollars, pour créer un Parlement panafricain (en Afrique du Sud), un tribunal international permanent, un fonds permanent pour la paix et une armée de métier.

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Su-27 Flanker intercepts and shadows a P-3 Orion

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The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) enters into force

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) enter into force today, 24 December 2014. Ninety-one states have ratified, and a further 42 states have signed but not ratified the ATT adopted on 2 April 2013, by the UN General Assembly.

The ATT is an attempt to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons for the purpose of contributing to international and regional peace; reducing human suffering; and promoting co-operation, transparency, and responsible action by and among states.

International weapons commerce has been estimated to reach US$70 billion a year.

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Uzbin`s Ambush (updated)

Six years ago...

About the French presence in Afghanistan (in French)
Magazine vidéo de l'armée de Terre n° 32 sur le GTIA de Kapisa (Groupement Tactique Inter Armées) en Afghanistan.

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