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How World War III Could Begin in Latvia

World War I devastated the territory of what became the state of Latvia, and on 18 November 1918, in Riga, the People’s Council of Latvia proclaimed the independence of the new country. A freely elected Constituent assembly convened in May 1920, and adopted a liberal constitution in February 1922.

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On 5 October 1939, after the conclusion of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the German invasion of Poland,Latvia was forced to accept a “mutual assistance” pact with the Soviet Union, which led eventually to the Soviet Union incorporating Latvia on 5 August 1940, as The Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.  On 21 June 1941 German troops attacked Soviet forces in Operation Barbarossa and Latvia was under the control of German forces by early July. Soviet troops reentered and ‘liberated’ Latvia from the Nazi German forces in October 1944. Latvia then remained under Soviet control until full independence was restored to The Republic of Latvia on 21 August 1991.

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Friday Foto

Op Catalyst

Corporal Nathan Heckel and Private Stewart Alpert – both from 6 Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) sniper cell on the range in Baghdad, August 2007.

Photo by CPL Robert Nyffenegger, 1 Joint Public Affairs Unit
Copyright: Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Saturday Snapshot

British Army Soldier in Afghanistan Engaging the Enemy

A soldier with the 4th Mechanised Brigade is pictured engaging the enemy during Operation Qalb in Helmand, Afghanistan – 4 January 2013.

Friday Foto

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March 6, 2015

In sweltering heat, a detachment of French soldiers make progress during a search-and-destroy mission looking for weapons caches in the north of Mali.

The French forces of Operation Barkhane, deployed to support the security forces of the states of the Sahel and the United Nations Mission In Mali, continue to track down the terrorists and armed groups responsible for the destabilization of the Sahelo-Saharan strip.

 Photo credit: Staff of the Armed Forces / ECPAD

Friday Foto: SSG Ryan Pitts

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