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North and South Korean soldiers enter each other’s territory

Soldiers from North and South Korea crossed into each other's territory peacefully for the first time on Wednesday, Seoul said, as they began checking the dismantlement of guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone. The North invaded the South in 1950, triggering the Korean War, and Seoul went on to change hands four times as Pyongyang's Chinese-backed forces and the US-led UN troops supporting the South fought their way up and down the peninsula and back again. The conflict ended in an armistice in 1953, leaving the two…

FM Qureshi condemns killing of US soldiers in IED attack

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday strongly condemned the killing of three US soldiers in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Ghazni city of Afghanistan. According to a Foreign Office statement, the foreign minister expressed heartfelt sympathies and condolences on behalf of people and government of Pakistan to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones and pray for swift recovery of the injured. “Pakistan stands in solidarity with the US government and its people in…

Three US soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

KABUL: Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan Tuesday, NATO said, with the attack claimed by the Taliban as the US tries to ratchet up efforts to engage the militants in peace talks. NATO’s Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the identity of the soldiers, whose deaths took the number of American service personnel to die in the war-torn country this year to 12. A NATO statement said they had been killed when an improvised explosive device (IED)…

‘Pakistan soldiers able to deliver results in most challenging environment’: CJCSC

RAWALPINDI: Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has said the soldiers of Pakistan's Armed Forces are laced with the unflinching spirit of loyalty and sense of sacrifice. He was addressing the passing out parade of cadets at PMA Kakul Academy today. Zubair Mahmood Hayat said our soldiers have the distinction to deliver results in the most challenging environment. Earlier, the chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee also reviewed the Parade and gave awards to the distinguished…

Seven soldiers martyred in North Wazirisatan operation

RAWALPINDI: Seven Pakistan army soldiers were martyred on Saturday in operation targeting terrorists in North Wazirstan, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) stated. According to a statement by the military's press wing, security forces launched an intelligence-based operation in Gharlamai and Spera Kunar Algad area in North Waziristan. Law enforcement agencies had received reports that a group of terrorists had infiltrated from across the border and were hiding in a compound. A operation was launched against them…

ECP seeks deployment of 350,000 soldiers for elections

ISLAMABAD: Gearing up to approve the final security plan for the polls, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has requested the Ministry of Defence to approve deployment of at least 350,000 armed forces personnel in the upcoming general elections, scheduled on July 25. The ECP, in this regard has also sent a summary to the minister and is awaiting reply. The core purpose of the deployment of military will be maintaining law and order during the elections countrywide. In the meeting on May 28, the ECP officials had…

Two soldiers martyred in IED blast near Dattakhel

RAWALPINDI: Two soldiers were martyred and three others were injured on Wednesday when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near town of Dattakhel in North Waziristan. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, two soldiers Naik Momin Ali and Sepoy Saleem embraced martyrdom and three others were injured when a security forces vehicle struck an IED planted on the track by terrorists. The injured were immediately evacuated to Combined Military Hospital Peshawar, said the military's press wing.

Early deployment tied to increased suicide risk for soldiers: study

NEW YORK: When soldiers have their first deployment within their first year of service, they may be twice as likely to attempt suicide during or after their second deployment, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on 593 U.S. Army soldiers who had experienced two deployments within two years of continuous military service and had attempted suicide. While a quick deployment was linked to a larger increase in the risk of attempted suicide, the study also found that a gap of six months or less between deployments was…