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13.09.2018

"'We are not Libya': Defiant Damascus seeks new dawn amid the rubble"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/13/middleeast/syria-damascus-after-the-war-intl/index.html

Tamara Qiblawi, Claudia Otto und Frederik Pleitgen berichten in ihrer Reportage aus Syrien über den Beginn des Wiederaufbaus in der Hauptstadt Damaskus. "In all of Syria today, only the province of Idlib remains in rebel hands, and the Syrian government has already declared victory. Yet much of the country -- which CNN is visiting with the permission of the government -- is in tatters. The government of President Bashar al-Assad is cash-strapped, and its prospects of rebuilding are dim thanks to Western sanctions slapped on the regime for the war crimes it has been repeatedly accused of. The government also leaves behind it a blood-stained history that took a toll on nearly every Syrian family. Now, Damascus faces a reckoning. Syrians are picking up the pieces and, they say, the country will never be as it was before the war -- nor should it."

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04.09.2018

"Trump warns Syria, Russia, Iran against attack on rebel stronghold"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/03/politics/trump-syria-tweet-assad-rebel-idlib/index.html

US-Präsident Trump hat Syrien, Russland und Iran vor einer Offensive gegen die letzte große Rebellenhochburg Idlib gewarnt. Der russische Außenminister Lawrow hat vor wenigen Tagen behauptet, dass die Rebellen einen Chemiewaffeneinsatz der Assad-Regierung vortäuschen könnten, um eine militärische Reaktion der USA zu erzwingen. "CNN reported Friday that US intelligence and military targeting experts have created a list of Syrian chemical weapons facilities that could be struck if Trump decided to order a new round of airstrikes in the country. So far, a decision to take action has not been made, but one administration official with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN the military 'could respond very quickly' if Syria launched a chemical weapons attack."

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29.08.2018

"Europe needs a clean break from America on security"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/29/opinions/europe-new-defense-policy-opinion-intl/index.html

Trotz der jüngsten Forderungen französischer und deutscher Politiker nach einer größeren sicherheitspolitischen Unabhängigkeit Europas von den USA handle es sich nur auf den ersten Blick um eine echte "Rebellion", kritisiert Paul Hockenos. "(...) despite the bold-sounding words, the Europeans' vision is ultimately quite thin, uninspired and not new at all. Of course, it's encouraging in times of such instability that leaders emphasize the value of multilateralism, the rule of law and international cooperation. But at a unique moment, when fresh approaches to geopolitics could be hammered out, they appear willing to accept much of the outdated security assumptions of the American postwar order. (...) Europe has to sit down and fundamentally reappraise today's security risks rather than accept those presented by the US. In contrast to the Cold War years, it's not a clearly defined enemy state or bloc that poses the greatest threat, but rather the likes of climate change, resource shortages, global inequality and extremist ideologies."

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22.08.2018

"Being indicted isn't Donald Trump's problem. Impeachment might be."

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/22/politics/donald-trump-impeachment-indictment/index.html

Noch vor den aufsehenerregenden Entwicklungen am Mittwoch hat FBI-Sonderermittler Robert Mueller dem Trump-Team Chris Cillizza zufolge bestätigt, dass es unabhängig vom Ergebnis der Untersuchung keine offizielle Anklage gegen den US-Präsidenten geben wird. Der verbleibende Weg, Trump nach einem möglicherweise belastenden Abschlussbericht Muellers zu "bestrafen", wäre demnach ein Amtsenthebungsverfahren durch den Kongress. "To date, national Democrats have been reluctant to talk too much about possible impeachment proceedings against Trump -- leaving that sort of talk to a small number of ultra-liberal members of the party. It remains to be seen whether Tuesday's events change the minds of people like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (...) The wild card, of course, is what Mueller's report ultimately finds. If it fully exonerates Trump, a move toward impeachment would likely be cast as a pure political ploy by Democrats. If it doesn't clear Trump, however, then Democrats will likely seriously consider the idea of impeachment. The question at that point is whether any Republicans would join them. Tuesday changed a lot of things in political Washington. One thing it didn't change is that the real threat to Donald Trump's presidency in all of this isn't indictment. It's impeachment."

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09.08.2018

"Saudi-led strike kills dozens of children on school field trip in Yemen"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/09/middleeast/yemen-bus-intl/index.html

Bei einem Luftangriff der von Saudi-Arabien angeführten Militärallianz auf einen Schulbus in Jemen sind offenbar dutzende Kinder getötet worden. Die Militärallianz hat den Angriff in einer Reaktion als "legitim" verteidigt. "The children were on a field trip when their bus was struck at a market, the first stop of the day; 50 were killed and 77 injured, according to the ministry. Most of the children were inside the bus when the airstrike hit, according to a local medic, Yahya al-Hadi. The International Committee for the Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 bodies of 'mainly children' younger than 15, and 40 injured, including 30 children. (...) Earlier Thursday, the Saudi-led coalition defended the airstrike as a 'legitimate military operation,' and a retaliation to a Houthi ballistic missile that targeted the kingdom's Jizan province on Wednesday night, according to the country's official news agency."

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25.06.2018

"Exclusive: Pompeo says no timeline on North Korea negotiations"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/25/politics/pompeo-exclusive-north-korea/index.html

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat Berichten widersprochen, denen zufolge die US-Regierung Nordkorea einen Zeitplan zur Umsetzung der Gipfelerklärung von Singapur vorlegen werde. "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he would not put a timeline on negotiations with North Korea, but said the Trump administration will regularly assess the regime's seriousness about abandoning its nuclear program as the US moves toward normalizing relations with Pyongyang. In an exclusive telephone interview with CNN to mark his first two months in office, Pompeo said he wanted to see continued progress toward North Korean denuclearization, a promise leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump at their June 12 summit in Singapore. But the top US diplomat, Trump's point man on North Korea, declined to set a deadline by which he wanted to see the Democratic People's Republic of Korea make visible steps toward that goal."

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11.06.2018

"Trump's history of dealmaking guides his quest for the biggest deal of his life"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/10/politics/trump-north-korea-deal-singapore/index.html

Jeremy Diamond analysiert das Gipfeltreffen Donald Trumps mit Kim Jong-un in Singapur im Kontext früherer geschäftlicher Praktiken des US-Präsidenten. Trump wolle unbedingt einen Erfolg präsentieren und könne dabei möglicherweise vom politischen Skript abweichen. "When Trump is eager to make a deal, everything else fades from view, explained Jack O'Donnell, a former Trump Organization executive. 'Sometimes he would say, 'Get it at any price.' When he makes his mind up that he wants something, it really doesn't matter. The economics begin to disappear for him,' O'Donnell said, adding Trump would only get upset about deals made to satisfy those desires once the bill arrived. Experts Trump hired to run his various enterprises repeatedly hit walls when their advice ran counter to Trump's gut instincts or his vision of success".

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29.05.2018

"China's ramping up pressure on Taiwan"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/28/asia/taiwan-china-explainer-intl/index.html

China bemühe sich weiterhin darum, Taiwan international zu isolieren, berichtet Katie Hunt. Mit Burkina Faso und der Dominikanischen Republik habe die Insel nun zwei weitere Verbündete an Peking verloren. "Taiwan accuses Beijing of 'dollar diplomacy,' enticing countries to switch allegiance with cash or other incentives -- a strategy that's become easier as China's grown richer and its pockets deeper. Beijing has also focused its attention on companies that don't toe its line on Taiwan. Some 44 airlines were recently warned not to list Taiwan separately from China on their websites and given a deadline to comply, a move the US government has described on May 5 as 'Orwellian nonsense.' (...) Bringing Taiwan back to the fold has eluded China's Communist leaders for nearly seven decades and would be a huge achievement for President Xi Jinping, who now has the option to rule for life. Chong-Pin Lin, a former deputy defense minister in Taiwan, said he believes reunification is still a long-term goal for Xi. For now, he says, Beijing is focused on deterring Taiwan from making a declaration of independence -- something that would be a huge embarrassment for Xi. 'Beijing is skillful at applying psychological pressure on Taiwan,' he says."

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29.05.2018

"North Korea denuclearization could take a decade, experts say"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/29/asia/north-korea-nuclear-timeline-intl/index.html

Eine Denuklearisierung Nordkoreas könnte nach Ansicht einiger Experten im Fall einer erfolgreichen Einigung auf dem geplanten Gipfeltreffen in Singapur bis zu zehn Jahre dauern. "The assessment, released Monday by experts at Stanford University, comes as the White House is trying to verify how committed North Korea is to denuclearization and how it could be achieved, ahead of a potential summit between the two leaders. Siegfried Hecker, a respected nuclear scientist who has previously traveled to North Korea to inspect its nuclear site, co-authored the roadmap with Robert Carlin, a Korea analyst who spent years at the CIA and State Department, and Elliot Serbin, Hecker's research assistant. The trio identified 22 specific programs or activities -- such as the country's nuclear weapons stockpile, its missile arsenal or its nuclear reprocessing facilities -- that US negotiators need to address with North Korea. Halting or suspending many of these will likely take less than a year, the authors estimate, but eliminating or setting limits on them will take six to 10 years."

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14.05.2018

"Terror group JAD linked to Indonesia family suicide attacks"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/14/asia/jad-indonesia-terror-intl/index.html

Bard Wilkinson schreibt, dass die dem IS nahe stehende Terrorgruppe Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) mit den jüngsten Anschlägen in Indonesien in Verbindung gebracht wird. "Indonesia has long struggled with domestic terrorist groups, particularly Jemaah Islamiyah, which claimed responsibility for 11 attacks between 2000 and 2010, including the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, which left more than 200 people dead and hundreds injured, many of them tourists. Jemaah Islamiyah's capabilities have been steadily eroded by a concerted counter-terrorism effort since 2009. Indonesia has invested heavily in counter-terrorism, establishing the elite special forces unit Detachment 88, which has received support and training from the US and Australia, and has been credited with greatly reducing the number of attacks. However, in a report on ISIS published earlier this year, the UN Security Council said the group's losses in Iraq and the Syria may intensify the threat to South-East Asia."

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29.04.2018

"North Korea will close nuclear test site in May, South says"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/28/asia/north-korea-nuclear-site-time-zone-intl/index.html

Nordkorea hat sich offenbar nach dem Gipfeltreffen mit Südkorea bereit erklärt, seine Atomtestanlage zu schließen und den Vorgang durch südkoreanische und amerikanische Beobachter verifizieren zu lassen. "In the comments released by Moon's office on Sunday, Kim also refuted claims by Chinese scientists earlier in the week that parts of the site had been so badly damaged by previous explosions that it may now be unusable. 'Some claim we are closing down an unusable test site, but if they come and see, they will understand that there are two bigger tunnels than the existing test facilities and that they are in a very good condition,' Kim said, according to Yoon. President Moon 'immediately welcomed' Kim's decision to make the process around the closure public, and the two leaders agreed to consult each other about the timeline for inviting South Korean and US experts and journalists 'as soon as the North is ready,' Yoon said Sunday."

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16.04.2018

"Macron says he 'convinced' Trump to stay in Syria ahead of strikes"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/04/15/politics/emmanuel-macron-trump-syria/index.html

Frankreichs Präsident Macron hat in einem Interview erklärt, US-Präsident Trump davon überzeugt zu haben, die US-Truppen nicht wie angekündigt aus Syrien abzuziehen und die Raketenangriffe vom vergangenen Wochenende auf syrische Chemieanlagen zu beschränken. "'Ten days ago, President Trump said the USA's will is to disengage from Syria. We convinced him that it was necessary to stay,' Macron said, during a two-hour televised interview with several French media outlets. (...) Macron said it had also been France which convinced Trump that the strikes had to be limited to suspected chemical weapons sites. Prior to the strikes, there had been reports Trump wanted to see tougher, more extended action in Syria but was talked down by his national security team."

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04.02.2018

"UN report accuses North Korea of earning $200 million by violating sanctions"

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/03/politics/north-korea-un-report-sanctions/index.html

Einem neuen UN-Bericht zufolge hat Nordkorea im vergangenen Jahr durch die erfolgreiche Umgehung internationaler Sanktionen z.B. durch Kohleexporte etwa 200 Millionen US-Dollar eingenommen. "Despite numerous rounds of international sanctions, North Korea exported almost all the commodities that had been prohibited in the resolutions between January and September of last year, the report indicates. It also indicates that North Korea exported coal to China, Malaysia, Russia and Vietnam, in addition to falsifying‎ documents to conceal the origin of the coal. China has consistently denied breaching sanctions. Investigators highlighted that North Korea 'is already flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries and the international banking system,' the document states."

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11.12.2017

"New York City explosion"

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/11/us/manhattan-new-york-explosion-latest/index.html

CNN berichtet über die aktuellen Erkenntnisse zum fehlgeschlagenen Terroranschlag in New York, der bislang keine Toten und nur wenige Verletzte gefordert hat. "Police Commissioner James O'Neil said the suspect's name is Akayed Ullah, who is 27 years old. He suffered burns and other wounds and is currently in the hospital. 'Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that this male was wearing an improvised low-tech explosive device attached to his body. He intentionally detonated that device,' O'Neil said."

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06.12.2017

"Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital"

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/06/politics/president-donald-trump-jerusalem/index.html

Wie erwartet hat US-Präsident Trump in einer Rede am Mittwoch Jerusalem als Hauptstadt Israels anerkannt und die Vorbereitung der Verlegung der US-Botschaft von Tel Aviv angekündigt. "'I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,' Trump said from White House's Diplomatic Reception Room. 'After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.' The move signaled a willingness on Trump's part to prioritize fulfilling a campaign promise over the consensus among US allies in the region and beyond that the decision could stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge. 'Today, I am delivering,' Trump said, referencing his campaign promise. (...) senior officials said he will again sign a waiver to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv for the time being as they estimate it will take years before a new embassy can open in Jerusalem. Trump said his order to the State Department will begin the process of hiring architects and building contractors to build an embassy that will be a 'a magnificent tribute to peace.'"

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05.12.2017

"Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh killed trying to flee Sanaa"

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/04/middleeast/yemen-former-president-ali-abdullah-saleh-killed-intl/index
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Der Tod des früheren Präsidenten Jemens, Ali Abdullah Saleh, wird von CNN als schwerer Schlag für die Friedensbemühungen im Bürgerkrieg gewertet. Saleh sei durch Huthi-Rebellen getötet worden. "Saleh's death at the hands of his former allies diminished hopes of an end to the country's protracted conflict and sparked fears of further bloodshed in rebel-held Sanaa. Two days earlier, Saleh announced the end of a three-year alliance with the Iranian-backed Houthis. He said he wanted to "turn the page" on relations with the Saudi-led coalition that launched a military intervention against the Houthis in Yemen in 2015, leading to a crippling blockade of the country. (...) Saleh's death seems likely to inflame what has become a proxy war in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iran. (...) 'Despite what may have seemed like a dramatic victory for Saleh, the Houthis fought back and they fought back hard,' said Yemen analyst at the European Council of Foreign relations and former resident of Sanaa, Adam Baron. 'What you're seeing now is that the Houthis are potentially poised to really completely consolidate power in Yemen ... this makes a peace deal less possible,' he added."

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17.10.2017

"ISIS routed in Raqqa as 'major military operations' declared over"

https://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/17/middleeast/raqqa-isis-syria/index.html

Ein Sprecher der arabisch-kurdischen Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hat die Kämpfe um Raqqa, die einstige "Hauptstadt" des "Islamischen Staates", für weitgehend beendet erklärt. "The development marks a decisive victory in the fight against ISIS, though US officials said there were still pockets of resistance in the city. 'Major military operations in Raqqa are finished but they are now clearing the city of sleeper cells - if they exist - and mines,' Talal Salo, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, told CNN. The SDF is a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters. 'The situation in Raqqa is under control and soon there will be an official statement declaring the liberation of the city.' The routing of ISIS in Raqqa is a symbol of the terror group's decline - it now controls a small strip of territory along the Euphrates river in northern Syria."

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11.10.2017

"North Korean hackers stole US-South Korea war plans, official says"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/10/politics/north-korea-hackers-us-south-korea-war-plan/index.html

Hackern ist es CNN zufolge gelungen, in südkoreanische Systeme einzudringen und streng geheime Militärpläne zu stehlen. "Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea's National Assembly, (...) told CNN on Tuesday that he received information about the alleged hacking from the Defense Ministry. He said the documents stolen included the South Korea-US wartime operational plan and a document that includes procedures to 'decapitate' the North Korean leadership. About 235 gigabytes worth of military data was stolen by the hackers, Rhee said. (...) Depending on the level of detail in the stolen plans, the hack could pose serious challenges for the US-South Korean alliance. 'If the North Koreans in fact accessed the US/South Korean defense plans, this is a treasure trove of information and presents a real danger,' said CNN military analyst and retired Lt. Col. Rick Francona."

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26.09.2017

"Could North Korean, US threats of destruction cause an accidental war?"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/26/asia/north-korea-us-accidental-war/index.html

Ben Westcott warnt vor den ungewollten Folgen der gegenseitigen Drohungen der USA und Nordkoreas. "While neither country is outwardly moving towards an actual war footing, military displays of power, mixed with threats and counter threats may result in an ugly outcome, Stratfor Vice President of Strategic Analysis Rodger Baker told CNN. 'The North Koreans assume that the threats will be enough to restrain US action but the US might be thinking the same thing, so you end up in a situation where a provocation from one side is seen by the other as an actual move towards war,' he said. (...) Euan Graham, director of the International Security Program at Sydney's Lowy Institute, said while the physical threat of war had not increased, every unfulfilled threat from the US did damage to its international position. 'When threats are made and not followed through US credibility suffers both in the eyes of North Korea and its allies,' Graham said. 'The US is very unlikely to engage in a preventative war against North Korea, so it's more the risk of stumbling into this because the North Koreans decide they have to escalate or they believe something US is doing is a preventative strike or a decapitation attack (against the leadership).'"

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12.09.2017

"16 years after 9/11: The state of the terrorist threat"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/09/opinions/terrorism-16-years-after-9-11-opinion-bergen/index.html

Peter Bergen zieht ein aus Sicht der USA gemischtes Fazit der Terrorbekämpfung in den 16 Jahren seit 9/11. Neben einigen guten Nachrichten bei der Zerschlagung der Al-Qaida und des "Islamischen Staates" gebe es auch "beunruhigende Entwicklungen". "Since 2014 there have been six lethal jihadist terrorist attacks in the United States, killing 74 people, according to New America's research. Those attacks were carried out by American citizens and legal permanent residents, not by foreign terrorists as was the case on 9/11. These American terrorists were inspired by ISIS propaganda online, but had no direct contact with the group. (...) Terrorism in the United States doesn't emanate only from jihadists, who have killed 95 people in the States since 9/11. Individuals motivated by far-right ideology have killed 68 people in the United States during the same period, while individuals motivated by black nationalist ideology have killed eight people, according to New America research."

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15.08.2017

"Rouhani says Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if new US sanctions imposed"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/15/middleeast/rouhani-iran-nuclear-deal/index.html

Im Fall neuer US-Sanktionen gegen den Iran könne sein Land das internationale Atomabkommen aufkündigen und das Atomprogramm innerhalb weniger Stunden wieder aufnehmen, so eine neue Warnung des iranischen Präsidenten Rouhani. "Rouhani issued the warning in a televised speech to Iran's parliament Tuesday, kicking off a vote-of-confidence session for nominated ministers of his second-term cabinet. 'Iran could quit the nuclear deal within hours if the US imposes more sanctions,' Rouhani said, according to Iran's state-run Press TV. 'Iran has remained and will remain committed to the deal, though any breach of promise by other parties will receive appropriate responses,' he added, according to Iran's semi-official MEHR news agency. (...) Last month, the US announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran, a day after certifying that the Iranian government was in compliance with the nuclear agreement."

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06.06.2017

"CNN Exclusive: US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/06/politics/russian-hackers-planted-fake-news-qatar-crisis/index.html?adke
y=bn

Diesem Exklusivbericht von CNN zufolge glauben FBI-Ermittler, dass die diplomatische Krise zwischen Katar und anderen Golfstaaten durch russische Hacker ausgelöst worden sei. "US investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake news report that contributed to a crisis among the US' closest Gulf allies, according to US officials briefed on the investigation. The FBI recently sent a team of investigators to Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hacking incident, Qatari and US government officials say. Intelligence gathered by the US security agencies indicates that Russian hackers were behind the intrusion first reported by the Qatari government two weeks ago, US officials say."

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26.04.2017

"The 'axis of evil' is back"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/26/opinions/axis-of-evil-is-back-miller-sokolsky/index.html

Aaron David Miller und Richard Sokolsky schreiben, dass US-Präsident Trump das Konzept der "Achse des Bösen" wiederbelebt habe. Neben Iran und Nordkorea sei diesmal Syrien anstelle des Iraks vertreten. "Indeed, in the space of 10 days, Mr. Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria; directed a carrier battle group to the Korean Peninsula; ordered a review of US policy toward Iran that had a threatening edge; and ratcheted up the rhetoric toward North Korea, implying a greater willingness to use force to deal with its missile and nuclear programs. But like Mr. Bush, Mr. Trump may find his trio of designated outliers difficult to contain - and sanctions and military pressure necessary but insufficient tools for the job. The task at hand will also require politics and diplomacy. And while each case is different, the common thread in the strategy isn't changing these regimes so much as it is trying to change their behavior - and even this will be hard to do. More than likely, they will all remain hostile to American interests."

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25.04.2017

"US 'deeply concerned' after Turkey bombs allies in Iraq and Syria"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/25/politics/turkey-bombs-kurds-iraq-us-concerned/

Kampfflugzeuge des NATO-Mitglieds Türkei haben in Syrien und Irak Stellungen der kurdischen Verbündeten der USA angegriffen. "A senior US defense official told CNN that the US was given about one hour's advance notice of the strikes by the Turkish military. The official added that no US or coalition advisers were in the vicinity. Turkish warplanes struck targets in northern Syria and the area of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The Turkish armed forces issued a statement saying it had 'neutralized' 70 PKK 'terrorist' fighters - 40 in northern Iraq and 30 others in northeastern Syria. (...) The Pentagon also released a statement on its concerns about the strikes. 'These ‎airstrikes were not approved by the Counter-ISIS Coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS, including the Kurdish Peshmerga,' Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway said."

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25.04.2017

"Satellite captures rare snapshot of life in Raqqa"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/25/middleeast/raqqa-satellite-images/index.html

Stuart Ray vom Sicherheitsunternehmen McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) hat für CNN neue Satellitenfotos ausgewertet, die einen Eindruck von der Situation in der syrischen IS-Hochburg Raqqa vermitteln. "Satellite images provided to CNN by McKenzie Intelligence Services (MIS) show a city held hostage by terror. The aerial shots show checkpoints, ISIS flags dominating the skyline and bridges cut off from the world by US-led coalition airstrikes, among other intriguing details. Stuart Ray, an MIS analyst, said the satellite images, taken on March 26, showed signs of normal daily life in Raqqa, and not as much destruction from the airstrikes as might have been expected."

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20.04.2017

"Unraveling Iran deal would be Trump's biggest mistake"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/20/opinions/tillerson-iran-deal-statement-kirby-opinion/

US-Außenminister Tillerson hat Iran vor kurzem bescheinigt, sich an die Abmachungen des Atomabkommens zu halten, das Abkommen selbst aber zugleich erneut in Frage gestellt. Der frühere Sprecher des US-Verteidigungsministeriums John Kirby warnt angesichts dieser unklaren Signale, dass sich die USA mit der Verhängung neuer Sanktionen oder einer einseitigen Aufkündigung des Abkommens international isolieren könnten. "(...) it was those very sanctions that brought Iran to the table in the first place. Having them lifted was Tehran's incentive for dismantling its nuclear program. So, if we snap them back in place without cause, we - and not Iran - would be in noncompliance. We - not Iran - would be the ones sending a clear message that we are neither a credible nor trustworthy negotiating partner. And we - not Iran - would be on the outside of international convention. Even our allies would not support us. We should remember that unified international effort solved this problem. Going it alone will likely only resurrect it."

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03.04.2017

"How could Trump go it alone on North Korea?"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/03/politics/trump-north-korea-china-xi/index.html

US-Präsident Trump hat seine Bereitschaft bekräftigt, auf eine Bedrohung der USA durch nordkoreanische Atomwaffen notfalls unilateral zu reagieren. Katie Hunt und Brad Lendon schreiben, das dies auf dreierlei Weise geschehen könnte. Die Option direkter Verhandlungen werde dabei von vielen Experten als aussichtslos bewertet. Möglich seien dagegen verschärfte Sanktionen gegen chinesische Banken und Unternehmen sowie eine militärische Blockade nordkoreanischer Gewässer. "Peter Layton, a visiting fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute in Australia, says the US needs to convince China that it's actively keeping an unwanted regime alive by using forums like the G20 and UN to press this message. (...) Trump does have some non-lethal military options that might not result in a North Korean counterstrike, according to Layton, who is also a former Royal Australian Air Force officer. He suggests a simple blockade of any ships leaving and entering North Korean waters. Another more risky option is to use US warships equipped with the Aegis anti-missile system to shoot down any future North Korean missile tests, Layton said."

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13.03.2017

"Egypt's ex-President Mubarak to be freed"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/13/africa/hosni-mubarak-release/

In Ägypten steht offenbar die endgültige Freilassung des 2011 gestürzten Präsidenten Hosni Mubarak bevor. "On March 2, Mubarak was acquitted on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld an earlier verdict, making the acquittal final. The Court of Cassation is the highest court for criminal litigation in Egypt. Mubarak and his sons were convicted of corruption, however. On Monday, Ibrahim Saleh, the attorney general of the East Cairo prosecution, accepted Mubarak's request to include time spent in prison pending trial as part of his sentence in the corruption case, state media reported. State media quoted judicial sources saying there are no more pending court cases against Mubarak. Egyptian media is reporting, citing Mubarak's lawyer Farid al-Deeb, that Mubarak will be released within the next few days. The lawyer said Mubarak will leave the military hospital where he is being held and go to his house in an upscale Cairo neighborhood."

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02.03.2017

"Sessions did not disclose meetings with Russian ambassador"

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/01/politics/jeff-sessions-russian-ambassador-meetings/index.html

Nach dem Rücktritt des Nationalen Sicherheitsberaters Michael Flynn werden nun auch Justizminister Jeff Sessions Kontakte zur russischen Botschaft in Washington vorgeworfen. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice last year with the top Russian diplomat in Washington whose interactions with President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn led to Flynn's firing, according to the Justice Department. Sessions did not mention either meeting during his confirmation hearings when he said he knew of no contacts between Trump surrogates and Russians. A Justice official said Sessions didn't mislead senators during his confirmation. (...) Sessions responded swiftly Wednesday, strongly stating that he never discussed campaign-related issues with anyone from Russia. 'I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign,' he said in a statement. 'I have no idea what this allegation is about. It is false.'"

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