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Canada: Millions in Military Gear Goes to Scrap Heap Instead of Ukraine

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Shephard/File // Buffalo A2 Mine Protected Clearance VehicleDavid Pugliese (Ottawa Citizen) — Canada is moving ahead with the destruction of surplus anti-tank missiles and other equipment worth hundreds of millions of dollars despite a plea by Ukraine for such equipment to help it fight separatists.

Among the items declared surplus are more than 5,400 Eryx anti-tank missiles, according to a 2014 Department of National Defence documents leaked to the Citizen. In addition, there are 10 Husky and Buffalo vehicles, used to clear routes of improvised explosive devices. Those vehicles were purchased in 2007 for use in Afghanistan.

Also surplus are four specialized landmine detection systems and 194 LAV-2 or Light Armoured Vehicles- 2 surveillance vehicles scheduled to be taken out of service this year, according to the documents.

Libya: 3 Simultaneous Car Bombings Kill 10 Civilians in Darna

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AP Photo/Mohamed Salama // A man looks on at the destruction on a street of Benghazi, Libya, on April 4, 2015.Rami Musa (Associated Press) — A Libyan official says at least ten civilians were killed when three separate car bombs exploded simultaneously in the eastern coastal city of Darna.

Hamid Albandag, the city's representative to the internationally-recognized government, says the bombings, which went off Friday evening, set off clashes between militants belonging to the Islamic State's local affiliate and al-Qaida-linked militias that continued into Saturday afternoon.

The Libyan army has surrounded the city from all directions for months and appears to be restraining from fighting the al-Qaida-linked militias. Last month, the al-Qaida-linked militias pushed the Islamic State militants out of the center of the city, which they had controlled since late last year.

Pakistan: 7 Troops Killed in Anti-Taliban Offensive

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Al Jazeera English/Wikimedia Commons/File // Pakistani forces captured Baine Baba Ziarat, the highest point in Swat valley, May 2009.Saud Mehsud (Reuters) — Taliban ambushes and bombings killed at least seven Pakistani soldiers in the northwest as the military made a new push into the militants' last major stronghold near the border with Afghanistan, intelligence officers said Sunday.

Pakistan began a major offensive in North Waziristan last summer to drive out Pakistani Taliban and other extremist Islamist militants who launch attacks on government and civilian targets. The army is meeting fierce resistance as it moves further into the lower-lying areas of the Shawal Valley, the Taliban's last stronghold, military officials said.

Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, visited troops on Friday and said the initial phase around the surrounding peaks of the Shawal Valley was successful and it was now time to begin a final push into the lower areas.

Ukraine: Landmine Kills 5 Soldiers in Luhansk

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English Russia // Leftover landmines after a battle in Luhansk region, February 2015.Reuters — Five Ukrainian servicemen were killed and three wounded by a landmine in the separatist Luhansk region, the Ukrainian military said on Sunday.

Fighting between government troops and pro-Russian rebels has lessened since the signing of a ceasefire deal in February, but both sides accuse the other of violations and casualties from landmine explosions or direct shelling are reported almost daily.

The latest landmine incident occurred in the village of Donetsky, around 50km (31 miles) west of separatist-controlled Luhansk city, Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk said in a daily televised briefing. "The situation in the conflict zone remains difficult. Rebels continue to carry out armed attacks, but their intensity is falling," he said.

Egypt: Military Says 25 Rebels Killed in Sinai Airstrikes

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European Pressphoto Agency // State television broadcast footage of Sisi, dressed in military fatigues, touring an army base.Al Jazeera — Egypt says it has carried out air strikes in North Sinai, killing 25 fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

The military said on Saturday that rebels targets were hit near the town of Sheikh Zuweid, destroying weapons and explosives, as the Egyptian president made an unannounced visit to the province after a major escalation of the conflict there.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi inspected soldiers and police in El-Arish, the provincial capital, on Saturday, the presidency said in statement. Sisi, dressed in military garb for the first time since becoming president just over a year ago, told troops at least 200 fighters had been killed in the fighting in recent days, but added: "For me to say that things are under control is not enough, things are totally stable.

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