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"U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles"

Neue Satellitenaufnahmen deuten US-Geheimdiensten zufolge darauf hin, dass Nordkorea die Produktion von Interkontinentalraketen keineswegs eingestellt hat. "Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence. The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States. The new intelligence does not suggest an expansion of North Korea’s capabilities but shows that work on advanced weapons is continuing weeks after President Trump declared in a Twitter posting that Pyongyang was 'no longer a Nuclear Threat.'"

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"North Korea has 2.6 million 'modern slaves,' new report estimates"

Dem von der Walk Free Foundation veröffentlichten Global Slavery Index zufolge muss jeder zehnte Nordkoreaner unter sklavenähnlichen Bedingungen arbeiten. "The report defines modern slavery as slavery itself, as well as human trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children. The findings come amid ongoing negotiations between North Korea and the United States, as well as concurrent inter-Korean talks with South Korea. These talks have focused on denuclearization and military issues rather than human rights issues such as slavery. 'There's a strong focus on bombs and missiles, but the North Korean tragedy is much more about lost freedom through the brutal suppression of human potential,' said Andrew Forrest, founder of the Walk Free Foundation."

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"U.S. assessing cost of keeping troops in Germany as Trump battles with Europe"

Im Pentagon sind der Washington Post zufolge interne Berechnungen über die Kosten der Stationierung und eines möglichen Abzugs der etwa 35.000 US-Soldaten aus Deutschland angestellt worden. Es habe sich allerdings nur um das Ausloten möglicher Optionen gehandelt, ein tatsächlicher Abzug der Truppen sei in der Pentagon-Führung bisher kein Thema. "U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment on the unpublicized effort, emphasized that the exercise is limited to an internal exploration of options. The top military brass are not involved as yet, and the Pentagon has not been tasked with figuring out how to execute any option. (...) Several officials suggested that Pentagon policymakers may have moved ahead with the assessment to prove the worth of the current basing arrangement and dissuade Trump from carrying the thought of withdrawal any further. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon dismissed any suggestion of a full or partial withdrawal from Germany and described such analysis as routine."

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"Is Trump handing Putin a victory in Syria?"

David Ignatius zufolge deutet sich ein zwischen den USA, Russland und Israel ausgehandeltes diplomatisches "Endspiel" zur Beendigung des Syrienkonflikts an. Die US-Regierung würde sich dabei auf die Eindämmung Irans konzentrieren und die künftige Herrschaft der Assad-Regierung akzeptieren. "An intriguing aspect of the possible Syria deal is that it’s driven by close cooperation between Russia and Israel. The Israeli agenda, like Trump’s, is narrowly focused on blocking Iran — and Israelis seem to have concluded that Putin is a reliable regional partner. Israeli, European and U.S. experts outlined some likely elements of the framework. In exchange for U.S. withdrawal of its demands for a political transition in Syria, Russia will support various measures to contain Iranian power (...). Syrian opposition leaders are bitterly disappointed at the deal that’s taking shape, and one warned me that the American 'betrayal' will be an incubator for future jihadist movements."

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"If they needed to fend off war with Russia, U.S. military leaders worry they might not get there in time"

Das Pentagon beklagt Michael Birnbaum zufolge, dass US-Transporte auf ihren Routen durch Europa immer wieder durch Verkehrsprobleme und Grenzkontrollen aufgehalten werden. Im Fall eines Konflikts mit Russland könnte es demnach zu lange dauern, Truppen und Material schnell in den Osten zu verlagern. "Although many barriers would drop away if there were a declaration of war, the hazy period before a military engagement would present a major problem. NATO has just a skeleton force deployed to its member countries that share a border with Russia. Backup forces would need to traverse hundreds of miles. And the delays — a mixture of bureaucracy, bad planning and decaying infrastructure — could enable Russia to seize NATO territory in the Baltics while U.S. Army planners were still filling out the 17 forms needed to cross Germany and into Poland. During at least one White House exercise that gamed out a European war with Russia, the logistical stumbles contributed to a NATO loss."

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"The U.S. ambassador in Germany flies the Trumpist flag"

Der neue US-Botschafter in Deutschland, Richard Grenell, erweist sich Ishaan Tharoor zufolge immer mehr als idealer Vermittler der offensichtlichen Antipathie Donald Trumps gegenüber den europäischen Verbündeten. "Germany is the most populous nation in Europe, the continent's economic powerhouse and the biggest net contributor to the European Union. It has been a close American ally for decades, and the bonds between Washington and Berlin grew particularly strong in the latter years of the Obama administration, with Chancellor Angela Merkel supplanting her British counterparts to take up the mantle of the 'special relationship.' So it was always going to be interesting to see what happened when President Trump's ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, finally took up his post. (...) Grenell's nomination was held up for months over his combative past, and he was confirmed by the Senate only in late April. But it didn't take long for things to blow up once he reached Berlin."

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"North Korea reportedly wants a McDonald’s. That could be a pretty big deal."

Als eines der möglichen Zugeständnisse Nordkoreas in den Verhandlungen mit den USA ist die Eröffnung von McDonalds-Filialen im kommunistischen Land genannt worden. Caitlin Dewey meint, dass die Bedeutung dieses vermeintlich geringfügigen Schrittes nicht unterschätzt werden sollte. "McDonald’s has long been seen as a symbol of Western culture and capitalism — particularly in communist countries. And it’s expansion into China and Russia was seen as a landmark in the 1990s. 'This has happened with a number of different communist cultures,' said Jenny Town, a research analyst at the Stimson Center and the managing editor of 38 North, an academic news site about North Korea. 'Once they start to get different points of contact with the West, it changes their views — and it usually starts with McDonald’s or Coca-Cola.' From its earliest days, McDonald’s has been more than a fast-food restaurant. It is also a vector for American culture and a powerful symbol of globalization."

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"Syria’s army is on a path to victory after ousting rebels from Damascus"

Nach der Vertreibung der letzten Rebellen aus den Vororten von Damaskus scheine sich die syrische Armee endgültig auf dem Siegeszug zu befinden, schreibt Louisa Loveluck. "The armed opposition is now relegated to Idlib province in the north near the Turkish border and Daraa in the south near the Jordanian border. On Friday, Syrian aircraft dropped leaflets in the northern districts of Daraa, warning rebels to lay down their weapons or face an offensive there. (...) Many of the country’s traditional economic hubs are also back under the control of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. The highway linking them is being rebuilt and will provide a secure route for government soldiers heading to the remaining front lines. 'The regime is not strong, but there can be no question that it is now going to take over remaining areas of Syria until it reaches the front line of zones controlled by others,' said Yezid Sayigh, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut."

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"A terrorist attack turned Charlie Hebdo into a revered institution it never sought to be"

Mehr als drei Jahre nach dem Anschlag von Al-Qaida-Terroristen auf die Redaktion von Charlie Hebdo sei aus dem französischen Satire-Magazin eine kulturelle Institution geworden, schreibt James McAuley. "The current edition portrays 19-year-old Maryam Pougetoux, a student union leader who appeared on television earlier this month wearing a veil, as a monkey in a hijab. For Muslim readers and others angered by the magazine’s portrayals, however, the problem is that the national reverence for Charlie Hebdo undermines any counterarguments. (...) 'Since they were attacked, and the murders that happened at Charlie Hebdo, they have had a Republican shield,' [Marwan Muhammad, a Muslim community organizer,] said. 'Every time you want to criticize them, you’re told, 'They’ve paid the price of blood. Let them do as they please.'' In a sense, Muhammad said, such attitudes destroy the same ideal of free expression that Charlie Hebdo stands for."

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"Trump’s decision to blow up the Iran deal is a massive attack on Europe"

Der frühere schwedische Premierminister Carl Bildt charakterisiert die Aufkündigung des internationalen Atomabkommens mit dem Iran durch US-Präsident Trump als "massiven Angriff" auf die Souveränitätsrechte anderer Staaten und insbesondere Europas. "The president has now directed maximum economic sanctions to be applied. But with few exceptions (Boeing is the one of significance), these sanctions don’t really affect American business or activities. They have already, in one way or the other, been blocked from business with Iran. Instead, the brunt of the sanctions offensive directly affects business in Europe. For instance, in a tweet, the new U.S. ambassador to Germany was quick to give orders to German companies on how they should behave. This is nothing less than a massive assault on the sovereignty of European states and the European Union. They are deprived of their right to decide on their policies and actions by brutal dictates from a foreign — and allegedly friendly — country. This is utterly unacceptable from a European point of view, as well as a violation of the preaching of Trump himself. It relegates Europe to just abiding by and implementing policies with which it profoundly disagrees."

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"My journey to Raqqa, the former ISIS stronghold in Syria"

Tamer El-Ghobashy berichtet in dieser Reportage über seine Reise in die frühere syrische Hochburg des "Islamischen Staates". "Raqqa city was once a bustling capital of the verdant province of the same name, fought over intensely by the major players in Syria's ruinous seven-year civil war. During that time, Raqqa has changed hands three times; wrested from the Syrian government by rebels first, then taken from the rebels by Islamic State militants, who declared it their capital city. Most recently, Kurdish and Arab fighters, calling themselves the Syrian Democratic Forces and backed by heavy American air power and Special Forces, routed the militants and, in the process, leveled the city. Now, none but Raqqa's people seem to want it."

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"The British ambassador to the U.S. thinks Trump won’t gut the Iran deal"

Der britische Botschafter in Washington, Kim Darroch, glaubt offenbar immer noch, dass US-Präsident Trump davon überzeugt werden kann, das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran nicht aufzukündigen. "On Sunday, Darroch said that Britain has some ideas for addressing Trump's concerns. 'We think that we can find some language, produce some action that meets the president’s concerns,' he said, noting that his team was working closely with France and Germany, other advocates of the deal. Darroch also told Brennan that Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke Saturday, and that Trump told May 'a final decision hasn't yet been taken.' Darroch said he would personally lobby national security adviser John Bolton, as well. (...) It is unclear what those fixes will look like. In the past, European negotiators have said that there are opportunities to tweak the deal so that missile tests are limited and banned. They're also open to pushing Iran to agree to give inspectors unfettered access to Iranian military bases. It's unclear whether Iran would agree to those terms."

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"How foreign leaders sweet-talk Trump"

Im Gegensatz zu anderen Regierungschefs sei es Südkoreas Präsident Moon Jae-in und Israels Premierminister Netanjahu gelungen, den US-Präsidenten erfolgreich zu beeinflussen, schreibt Adam Taylor. Auch die Präsentation iranischer Geheimdokumente durch Netanjahu habe sich vor allem an Donald Trump gerichtet. "(...) Netanyahu wasn't aiming for experts. His visual aids seemed tailor-made for a president whose love of maps and charts is well known. (...) Netanyahu is not the only world leader doing a good job of influencing U.S. leadership. In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has overcome numerous ideological differences with his American counterpart to become a key partner in the push to defuse tensions with North Korea. He has followed a strategy similar to Netanyahu's: Rather than trying to win over an entire government with facts and figures, just aim straight for Trump."

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"White House ignores executive order requiring count of civilian casualties in counterterrorism strikes"

Das Weiße Haus hat in diesem Jahr versäumt, eine jährliche Aufstellung über die zivilen Opfer der amerikanischen Antiterror-Luftschläge im Ausland herauszugeben. Greg Jaffe zufolge ist dies kein Zufall: "The mandate for the report, which was due May 1, was established by former president Barack Obama in 2016 as part of a broader effort to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding drone operations in places such as Yemen, Somalia and Libya. The White House has not formally rescinded the Obama-era executive order but has chosen not to comply with some aspects of it. (...) The decision on the civilian casualty report is part of a broader shift in U.S. counterterrorism policy to withhold more information about U.S. drone strikes and the rules governing them, reversing Obama-era policies dating to 2013."

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"CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend"

Der noch amtierende CIA-Direktor Mike Pompeo ist zur Vorbereitung des Gipfeltreffens zwischen Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un über Ostern in streng geheimer Mission nach Nordkorea gereist und hat dort den nordkoreanischen Staatschef getroffen. "The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump’s most trusted emissaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between Trump and Kim about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, according to the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the highly classified nature of the talks. The clandestine mission, which has not previously been reported, came soon after Pompeo was nominated to be secretary of state."

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"Turkey to Syrian refugees: You don’t have to go home, but don’t stay here"

Die Türkei hat Erin Cunningham und Zakaria Zakaria zufolge damit begonnen, Flüchtlinge aus Syrien zur Rückkehr in ihre Heimat zu bewegen. "The Turkish public has soured on their presence, citing cultural differences and competition for jobs, and so in recent weeks, officials have started urging refugees to go home. That abrupt reversal is unsettling many Syrian refugees, leaving them afraid for the future they dreamed of in Turkey. Turkish military victories in northern Syria have opened the possibility that refugees could go back to their homeland, but many are wary of returning to a country wrecked by a war that is not yet even finished."

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"Rebels in the Central African Republic are filling the void of an absent government"

Die nicht abnehmende Gewalt in der Zentralafrikanischen Republik sei auch eine Folge der Unfähigkeit der Regierung in Bangui, das Land effektiv zu regieren, schreibt Jack Losh. Viele Rebellengruppen seien in dieses Machtvakuum vorgestoßen und sorgten in ihren Einflussgebieten oft zumindest ansatzweise für staatliche Strukturen. "Kaga-Bandoro has, for years, shunned central authority. But even in this anarchic space, rebels here and elsewhere throughout the country are providing some show of statehood. The ruling militants run customs, charge taxes, give out fines and operate their own gendarmes. 'The region has government ministries, but all the staff are in Bangui,' said an aid worker in Kaga-Bandoro who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety. 'They get their salary still but can’t do anything here.' These are central Africa’s ministates — overlapping and unrecognized fiefdoms in a Texas-size country riven by disorder, situated in one of the world’s worst neighborhoods. These lawless territories are extremely volatile and controlled by violent groups prone to infighting. With the country surrounded by Islamist insurgencies and other conflicts in Chad, South Sudan and Congo, the spillover from these badlands can fuel — and be fueled by — the region’s chronic instability."

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"The Turks have taken Afrin. Let’s not let Manbij fall next."

Nach der Einnahme der syrischen Stadt Afrin durch "pro-türkische Islamisten" hofft David Ignatius, dass sich die USA zumindest dem Fall der anderen Kurdenhochburg Manbij entgegen stellen werden. "The United States and its SDF allies have a strong position in northeast Syria, which is useful for three reasons: to check Russia in the great-power competition in Syria; to prevent Iranian hegemony across the 'land bridge' from Iran to Beirut; and to maintain leverage for the bargaining in Geneva that will eventually set the framework for a new Syrian state. Muddling through is never a tidy option. But it’s the right approach now, as the United States tries to sustain its partnership with the brave, embattled Syrian Kurds. It’s an awkward alliance but a useful one. Betraying the Kurds isn’t just wrong, it’s foolish."

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"After reports of chemical attacks, White House considers new military action against Syrian regime"

Nach der Meldung vom 25. Februar über einen erneuten Einsatz von Chemiewaffen in Syrien habe es im Weißen Haus eine Debatte über einen neuen Militärschlag gegen die syrische Regierung gegeben, berichtet die Washington Post. Dies sei vorerst verworfen worden, die Lage bleibe allerdings angespannt. "The president discussed potential actions early last week at a White House meeting that included Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, officials said. One official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to address internal deliberations, said that the president did not endorse any military action and that officials decided to continue monitoring the situation. (...) One senior administration official said that Mattis was 'adamantly' against acting militarily in response to the recent chlorine attacks and that McMaster 'was for it.' The prospect of renewed military action, even if tabled for now, underscores the explosiveness of a conflict that has become a battlefield for rivalries between Russia and Iran on one side and the United States and its allies on the other."

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"Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage"

Jared Kushner, Schwiegersohn und enger Berater von Donald Trump, wird künftig keinen Zugang zu den geheimsten Informationen der US-Regierung mehr erhalten. Die Entscheidung ist der Washington Post zufolge darauf zurückzuführen, dass mehrere Länder in Erwägung gezogen hätten, die komplexen Geschäftsbeziehungen Kushners zu nutzen, um den eigenen politischen Einfluss im Weißen Haus zu erhöhen. "Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico, the current and former officials said. It is unclear if any of those countries acted on the discussions, but Kushner’s contacts with certain foreign government officials have raised concerns inside the White House and are a reason he has been unable to obtain a permanent security clearance, the officials said. (...) H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report. The issue of foreign officials talking about their meetings with Kushner and their perceptions of his vulnerabilities was a subject raised in McMaster’s daily intelligence briefings, according to the current and former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters."

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"Germany won’t become the 'leader of the free world' after all, and the Germans don’t mind"

Der Amtsantritt Donald Trumps hat im vergangenen Jahr die Hoffnung laut werden lassen, dass nun Deutschland die Führung der "freien Welt" übernehmen könnte. Diese Spekulationen können nach Ansicht von Rick Noack aufgrund der politischen Lage in Berlin beendet werden. Viele Deutsche sähen dies durchaus positiv: "Germany may have never wanted that role in the first place, and some even believe a withdrawal from the spotlight may benefit Germany overall — by making it less powerful. (...) Few Germans believe their country should assume a more influential role in world affairs, and 52 percent said in a recent survey by the Körber Foundation that more restraint was beneficial. (...) Merkel’s earlier rise to global political superstar and her 'leader of the Western world' nickname had disgruntled many other governments in Europe that felt suffocated by Germany’s influence. And although a Gallup survey recently concluded Germany has replaced the United States 'as the top-rated global power in the world,' it remains deeply unpopular across parts of Europe."

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"North Korea poised to launch large-scale cyberattacks, says new report"

Auch Anna Fifield berichtet über die neue Studie des IT-Sicherheitsunternehmens FireEye, der zufolge Nordkorea weltweit neue Angriffe mit weiter entwickelten Cyberwaffen vorbereite. "Experts say all the evidence suggests that Lazarus, the collective that launched the embarrassing attack on Sony and that was behind the $81 million cyberheist of a Bangladeshi bank in 2016, has links to the North Korean regime. It is also accused of masterminding last year’s WannaCry attack, which crippled companies, banks and hospitals around the world. (...) The Worldwide Threat Assessment published by the U.S. intelligence community last week forecast that the potential for surprise attacks in the cyber-realm would increase over the next year. Intelligence agencies expect North Korea to use cyber-operations to gather intelligence or launch attacks on South Korea and the United States."

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"U.S. and Britain are divided over what to do with captured ISIS fighters"

Zwischen den USA und Großbritannien gibt es offenbar unterschiedliche Ansichten über den Umgang mit gefangenen IS-Kämpfern in Irak und Syrien. Die Washington Post berichtet, dass das US-Militär zwei britische Dschihadisten gefangen habe und von ihren britischen Verbündeten nun eine Übernahme und Anklageerhebung erwarte. "U.S. diplomats and military officers are pushing Britain to accept the two men and put them on trial — part of an effort by Washington to establish the principle that all foreign fighters captured on the battlefield should be returned to their countries of origin for trial. (...) British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told the British newspaper the Sun that the men, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, turned their backs on Britain and should never set foot in the country again. (...) The State Department has said that if Britain refuses to accept its Islamic State fighters, they could end up imprisoned at the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which President Trump has promised to keep open indefinitely. (...) By seeking the pair’s detention at Guantanamo Bay or a death sentence in civilian court, the United States would risk imperiling any future cases in which Washington seeks to extradite European terrorism suspects."

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"The drone shot down by Israel was an Iranian copy of a U.S. craft, Israel says"

Die vor wenigen Tagen über Israel abgeschossene iranische Spionage-Drohne entspreche offenbar einem US-Modell, das 2011 im Iran abgestürzt ist, berichten Loveday Morris und Ruth Eglash. "Experts who examined footage of the drone being shot down and images of its wreckage released by the Israeli military agreed that the shape strongly resembled that of Iran’s Saeqeh, or 'Thunderbolt,' drone, which was based on a CIA-operated RQ-170 captured by Iran. Conricus said that he could not specifically confirm that the drone was a Saeqeh and that the debris is still being examined. Iran has developed several other models based on the RQ-170. 'It was an Iranian copy of a U.S. drone that they got hold of a few years ago and they duplicated,' [Yuval Steinitz, a minister in Israel’s security cabinet,] told Israeli radio."

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"With everyone focused on Russia, China is quietly expanding its influence across Europe"

Zwei neue Studien geben Rick Noack zufolge die Empfehlung, dass die europäischen Regierungen ihren freundlichen Kurs gegenüber China etwas vorsichtiger verfolgen sollten. Angesichts der aktuellen Warnungen vor einer russischen Einmischung in die europäische Politik werde gegenwärtig kaum beachtet, dass auch China seinen Einfluss in der EU stetig ausweite. "'Political elites in the E.U. and its close neighbors have started to embrace Chinese rhetoric and interests, including where they contradict national or European interests,' write Thorsten Benner, Jan Gaspers, Mareike Ohlberg, Lucrezia Poggetti and Kristin Shi-Kupfer, in a study released Monday and financed by the Global Public Policy Institute and the Mercator Institute for China Studies, two Berlin-based think tanks. A report by the European Council on Foreign Relations with similar conclusions was released last December."

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"The Islamic State’s toxic farewell: Environmental sabotage and chronic disease"

In Irak und Syrien habe der "Islamische Staat" ein Erbe von Umweltzerstörungen und chronischen Krankheiten hinterlassen, berichten Tamer El-Ghobashy und Joby Warrick. Als Beispiel nennen sie die irakische Stadt Qayyarah, die bis heute unter den Folgen der Sprengung von 25 Ölquellen durch IS-Kämpfer leide. "For nine months, a thick, blinding cloud of smoke engulfed Qayyarah and the villages that surround it, turning people’s skin and sheep’s coats black from soot. The Islamic State footprint on Iraq’s environment may be unprecedented and permanent, with a toxic legacy that includes wide-scale cattle deaths, fields that no longer yield edible crops and chronic breathing complications in children and the elderly, doctors and experts said. (...) The fires in Qayyarah were an especially stark case, but the Islamic State carried out a variety of environmental sabotage and degradation that blight a vast area, extending north to Iraq’s Hamrin Mountains and west to the farms and oil fields that line the Euphrates River near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zour. 'The damage on the Syrian side is right in the country’s breadbasket, and [the Islamic State] contaminated it through industrial practices and deliberate sabotage,' said a U.S. official who closely tracked the destruction over the past three years. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."

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"Hawaii’s false missile alert sent by troubled worker who thought an attack was imminent, officials say"

Der falsche Raketenalarm im US-Bundesstaat Hawaii ist am 13. Januar offenbar doch nicht versehentlich ausgelöst worden. Eine Untersuchung des Vorgangs hat ergeben, dass der verantwortliche Mitarbeiter tatsächlich von einem unmittelbar bevorstehenden Angriff überzeugt war. "Officials also revealed that the errant Jan. 13 alert, which sent waves of panic across the Hawaiian islands, was not the first such mix-up for the employee. At least twice before the false alarm, he 'has confused real life events and drills,' a state investigation concluded, part of a troubled work history that had 'been a source of concern . . . for over 10 years' to his co-workers. (...) The employee who sent out the alert was fired last week and has not been publicly identified. State officials said his name will be released when any disciplinary appeals are complete."

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"Up to 1,000 more U.S. troops could be headed to Afghanistan this spring"

Das US-Militär plant der Washington Post zufolge die Entsendung von bis zu tausend zusätzlichen Soldaten nach Afghanistan. "The U.S. Army is readying plans that could increase the total force in Afghanistan by as many as 1,000 U.S. troops this spring beyond the 14,000 already in the country, senior military officials said. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not signed off on the proposals for the new forces, which are part of a broader strategy to bolster Afghan forces so that they can pound the Taliban during the upcoming fighting season. The possible increases have the support of the Army’s senior leadership, which has been working to determine the mix of troops required to execute a strategy centered on a new combat formation. The discussions at the Pentagon underscore the complex task the U.S. military faces as it prepares to deploy newly created combat advisory teams to some of the most violent, remote and heavily contested areas of Afghanistan."

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"U.N. probe details fallout of proxy war in Yemen between Saudi coalition and Iran"

Ein neuer UN-Bericht über den Krieg in Jemen stützt Kareem Fahim zufolge den Vorwurf, dass die Huthi-Rebellen Raketen und andere Waffen aus dem Iran erhalten haben. Scharf kritisiert würden aber auch Saudi-Arabien und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate: "The U.N. experts were particularly critical of airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. The U.N. previously had said that the majority of the more than 5,000 civilian deaths in the conflict were a result of the airstrikes, which are carried out by a handful of coalition countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, often using U.S.-supplied munitions. (...) The panel’s findings, nearly three years after the eruption of widespread hostilities in Yemen, add weight to repeated warnings by aid workers and analysts about the risks of a humanitarian catastrophe, rampant human rights abuses and the potential for the battle to spill over Yemen’s borders."

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"Senior Pentagon soldier warns ISIS: Quit or be shot in the face, beaten with entrenching tools"

Ein hochrangiger US-Soldat hat den in Irak und Syrien weiterkämpfenden IS-Anhängern über Twitter und Facebook erklärt, dass das US-Militär und seine Partner nur noch eine kampflose Kapitulation akzeptieren werden. "Senior U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, have warned Islamic State fighters for months that they must lay down their weapons or face annihilation, but [Army Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne] Troxell’s message was unusually forceful. 'ISIS needs to understand that the Joint Force is on orders to annihilate them,' Troxell wrote on Facebook. 'So, they have two options should they decide to come up against the United States, our allies and partners: surrender or die!' Troxell added that the U.S.-led military coalition will provide militants who surrender with safety in a detainee cell, food, a cot and legal due process. 'HOWEVER, if they choose not to surrender, then we will kill them with extreme prejudice, whether that be through security force assistance, by dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching tools,' Troxell wrote. 'Regardless, they cannot win, so they need to choose how it’s going to be.' The posts were published Tuesday night along with a photograph of an entrenching tool — a collapsible shovel used by U.S. troops."

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Die internationale Sicherheit ist fragil und bedroht. Wie können und müssen demokratische Systeme ...

Internationale Sicherheitspolitik Cover

Internationale Sicherheitspolitik

Seit Ende des Ost-West-Konflikts hat sich die internationale Sicherheitspolitik deutlich verändert....

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