The German government has agreed a plan for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. But with fears persisting over the country's security after the withdrawal, some German soldiers may be staying a little longer.
Ukraine's army is in a parlous state. What was briefly the world's third-strongest nuclear country is now a Soviet relic. Kyiv's hopes, if there are any, rest with reservists who last fought three decades ago.
A NATO airstrike has killed five Afghan soldiers in the country's eastern Logar province. The military coalition confirmed it had accidentally killed the Afghan National Army personnel.
Ukraine's government has demanded Russia withdraw its troops from Crimea, and has called in its reservists. But the new government's room for action is limited.
After the withdrawal of Soviet troops 25 years ago, Afghanistan plunged into a civil war causing further destruction. Many wonder how it would be this time round after NATO troops leave the country by the end of 2014.
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