Kosovo leadership endorses army bill

Kosovo Assembly leaders unanimously decided on Wednesday to send a bill on the transformation of Kosovo security forces to government for further procedure.

NGO against conscription, experts say gov't model "camping, not army"

The Centre for Peace Studies (CMS) on Wednesday criticised the government's plan to re-introduce conscription, calling on it to invest in the education and employment of young people, while security analysts said they were not against military training but not in the form of month-long basic training as proposed by the government.

US Adriatic Charter army chiefs of staff meet in Split

The 20th conference of the army chiefs of staff of countries - members of the US Adriatic Charter which focuses on stability in Southeast Europe, is being held in Split on Wednesday.

Hundreds more Turkish soldiers sacked following coup attempt

A further 820 Turkish soldiers have been dishonourably discharged from the army, the government in Ankara said, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the country's judges and prosecutors to expect a busy year to come.

German defence minister wants to keep troops in Turkey despite row

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday that Germany wants to keep supporting the US-led campaign against the Islamic State from Turkey's Incirlik air base, but acknowledged there were "fallback procedures" in case withdrawal becomes necessary.

Croatian Armed Forces presented Kiowa Warrior helicopters at Zemunik air base

The Croatian Armed Forces presented five new Kiowa Warrior helicopters at the air base in Zemunik near Zadar on Wednesday, with Defence Minister Josip Buljevic thanking the U.S. government for donating the helicopters and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is the Armed Forces' Supreme Commander, stressing that the donation had both a military and a political dimension.

Afghan army free 7 captives from Taliban after highway kidnappings

Security forces freed seven hostages from Taliban fighters hours after the group ambushed two vehicles in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

Nigerian army rescues 157 people kidnapped by Boko Haram

Soldiers have rescued 157 adults and children kidnapped by Islamist extremist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, an army spokesman said on Wednesday.

President says Croatia needs unified state policy

"Our successes, which are not small, cannot make up for what we need the most now - an accelerated economic development and demographic revival.

Commemorations of 25th anniversary of establishment of Armed Forces start

Twenty-five years ago, the first review of the National Guard Corps (ZNG) was held at the stadium of the football club Zagreb, when the first ZNG brigades, which during the war grew into the Armed Forces, were presented to the Croatian public.

Syrian army declares partial truce in Damascus, Latakia

The Syrian army is declaring a partial truce in parts of Damascus for 24 hours and in the northern Latakia area for 72 hours, the state-run SANA news agency reports.

Syrian army says it has retaken town near Palmyra from Islamic State

Syrian government forces, backed by Russian warplanes, on Sunday retook full control of a strategic town near the historic city of Palmyra, the Syrian army said.

CMS asks court to assess if laws enabling army to assist police are constitutional

The CMS wants the Constitutional Court to put the amended laws out of force until a final decision is made because it believes that the new legislation could have serious, irreparable consequences.

Syrian army advances on Islamic State-held Palmyra, monitor says

Syrian government forces on Wednesday advanced towards the ancient city of Palmyra, which is under the control of the Islamic State terrorist militia, a monitoring group said. 

Law enabling gov't to send troops to border passed

The Opposition criticised the adoption of the amended legislation without conducting a public debate on the matter.

Minister says army to act exclusively in line with police instructions

The proposed amendments to the State Border Control Act and the Defence Act, adopted by the government on Friday, will enable the army to assist the police in controlling the state border when necessary, and in case of such a scenario the army will act exclusively in line with police instructions, Defence Minister Josip Buljevic said.

Gov't amends laws to enable army deployment for border protection

The Croatian government on Friday adopted draft amendments to the laws on border control and defence to allow the armed forces to help the police in guarding the frontier when that is necessary for security or humanitarian reasons.

Interior minister: Police can perform all border protection tasks

Croatia's Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Wednesday that the police "are ready to perform all tasks regarding state border protection" and that army deployment was not necessary, ...

Full border control absolutely necessary, says president

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Wednesday that full control of the state border was absolutely necessary but that this did not mean closing the border nor treating migrants inhumanely, but protecting Croatia's national security.

Five NGOs against deploying army to manage migrant crisis

Five non-governmental organisations on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction with announcements by some Croatian office-holders that they are considering the deployment of army troops at the country's border in an attempt to improve refugee crisis management.

Karamarko: Defence Act to be amended so army can help police on border

Croatian Democratic Union president and First Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Karamarko said on Tuesday that the Defence Act would be amended so that the army could help the police on the border in dealing with refugees and migrants.

Reiner: Troop deployment along border depends on security assessment

"It's hard for me to say at this point if it is necessary to send troops to the border. Some countries have done so, and whether or not Croatia will need to do the same will depend on a security assessment," Reiner said in response to questions from the press.

Bosnian army chief of staff says no fear of armament of neighbouring countries

"Given the agreement on the subregional supervision of armament which clearly defines how much arms Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro can have, there is no reason for fear and panic," Jelec said in an interview

Croatian army chief of staff receives Croatian, French decorations

Ambassador Boccoz said the French decoration bestowed on Lovric combined a soldier's courage and commitment to serving one's nation.

Slovenia formally allows army to police border and control migrants

Slovenia's army is now empowered to help police the country's border with Croatia after a late-night parliamentary vote, the STA news agency reported, part of continuing efforts to control the flow of migrants hoping to cross through the country.

Slovenia ready to engage army to help in migrant crisis

The measures see to the protection of national interests so that Slovenia does not become a hot spot where migrants would stay for longer periods, Erjavec said.

Germany to deploy four more jets to anti-Islamic State fight in Syria

Germany is to deploy four tornado reconnaissance jets to help fight the self-styled Islamic State militia in Syria on January 5 next year, an air force spokesman told dpa on Tuesday.

Poll: Most Germans support commissioner's calls for more soldiers

The Defence Ministry is currently looking into replenishing troop strength. The results will be available in spring at the latest. ​

Croatian army won't be sent to border, says defence minister

Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic said on Wednesday that for now Croatia had no need to send troops to the border like Slovenia did, ...

Slovenia to use army to help guard border in migrant crisis

According to Reuters, Slovenia's parliament is expected to approve changes to its laws later on Tuesday to enable the army to help police guard the border, ...