General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the US Army Central Command vows to support Afghan air force going forward, and that the US air force will also retain ability to "strike into Afghanistan" against two other militant groups the Daesh and Al Qaeda.
The C-130 Hercules transport plane was carrying 96 people, mostly fresh army graduates, when it overshot the runway last week while trying to land on Jolo island in the southern Sulu province.
The decision comes after Mali's military strongman Assimi Goita, who led last year's coup, ousted the country's civilian transitional president and prime minister last week in what French leader Macron has called "an unacceptable coup d'etat."
Poland becomes the first NATO country to purchase Turkish UAVs, which have proved their mettle in various high-intensity conflicts.
Kyrgyzstan said it also evacuated 11,500 citizens following clashes with Tajikistan, after the pair agreed on a ceasefire following the worst fighting at their disputed border in years.
Families have reportedly retrieved bodies of family members killed in Myanmar's crackdown, after paying $85 to the military junta.
At least 11 soldiers have been killed after a military helicopter crashed in Turkey’s Bitlis province, the Turkish Defence Ministry said.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has faced fierce criticism over his handling of last year's war with Azerbaijan, which many see as a national humiliation. On Thursday, military general staff joined calls for him to step down.
UN rapporteur Tom Andrews expressed alarm at reports of soldiers being transported into Yangon, noting that such movements had previously preceded killings, disappearances and mass arrests.
The march comes as Myanmar is plunged into its second nationwide internet blackout this week.
The move comes after thousands of people in Myanmar flocked to Twitter and Instagram to express their opposition to Monday's takeover by the army and the ousting and arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Coup comes after Aung Suu Kyi's party had won over 80 percent of parliamentary seats available in November's elections – a seemingly unacceptable number to a military that has had 25 percent of seats ring-fenced for them.
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