Vostok 2018 was a large-scale Russian military exercise, held from 11 to 17 September 2018, throughout Siberia and the country’s Far East. The exercise involved units from the Army, Air Force and Navy. China, Mongolia, as well as NATO member Turkey, were invited to the exercise.
In late August 2018, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said the exercise will be the largest to be held in Russia since “Zapad-81” held by the Soviet Union in 1981. The Zapad exercises in 1981 involved about 100,000 to 150,000 troops and were the largest Soviet military exercises ever held. Shoygu later reported that nearly 300,000 troops would be taking part in the drills along with 36,000 vehicles and 1000 aircraft. 80 warships are also involved in the exercise. Vostok 2018 was double the size of the previous exercise in the region, Vostok 2014.
Fighting ISIL: in-depth report from Iraq frontlines
ISIL is gone, but the threat still persists. To understand how dangerous they were follow Mohammed Shaikhibrahim on a brutal journey into the heart of the battle against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) in northern Iraq.
Euronews correspondent was with Iraqi government troops as they fought to retake villages on the route to Mosul, which they hope to recapture from ISIL by the end of 2016. He also gained exclusive access to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, providing key resistance to ISIL in the north at the time.
The perilous journey took him from the frontlines, where the sounds of war never fall silent, to ghost towns strewn with fallen fighters.
Evacuation of Private Chris Gray Afghanistan
Evacuation of Private Chris Gray in April 2007 after he was shot in the battlefield. Sadly after the rescue attempt, Private Gray did not survive, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of response in the rescue as you can see here. The final moments of Chris’s life were captured on film.
Chris Gray died in Afghanistan, in a town called Now Zad. A private in the 1st battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment, his posting there was his first taste of action.
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