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07.09.2018

"US military announces plan to add troops in Germany"

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Das US-Militär plant der Associated Press zufolge, zusätzliche 1.500 Soldaten in Deutschland zu stationieren. "The military said Friday that the new unit activations are scheduled to begin this year and that the troops and their families should all be in place in southern Germany by September 2020. U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell says they’ll add to more than 33,000 American troops already in Germany and reinforce that the U.S. is 'committed to strengthening the transatlantic alliance and President (Donald) Trump’s promise to increase U.S. defense capabilities means the alliance is stronger today.'"

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08.07.2018

"With hugs, leaders of rivals Ethiopia, Eritrea finally meet"

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Die Anführer der lange Zeit verfeindeten Länder Äthiopien und Eritrea haben sich der Associated Press zufolge zum ersten Mal seit fast 20 Jahren getroffen und damit das Ende eines der am längsten dauernden Konflikte Afrikas in weitere Nähe gerückt. "The visit comes a month after [Ethiopia’s reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed] surprised people by fully accepting a peace deal that ended a two-year border war between the two East African nations that killed tens of thousands. Ethiopia and Eritrea have not had diplomatic ties since the war began in 1998, with Abiy himself fighting in a town that remains contested today, and the countries have skirmished since then. (...) Abiy’s move broke a long stalemate between Afwerki and the long-dominant Tigrayan party in Ethiopia’s ruling coalition. 'Abiy represents the majority of Ethiopians rather than the Tigrayan ethnic group' and is not beholden to it, [Martin Plaut, author of 'Understanding Eritrea' and a senior research fellow with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London], said, adding that Afwerki accepted the peace gesture 'since it allowed him to portray it as a triumph over his Tigrayan rivals.' Not everyone has welcomed Ethiopia’s embrace of the peace deal, with some residents in the northern Tigray region bordering Eritrea holding protests."

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04.07.2018

"Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says"

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Diesem Bericht der Associated Press zufolge hat US-Präsident Trump im vergangenen Jahr in vertraulichen und diplomatischen Gesprächen mehrfach die Möglichkeit einer Invasion Venezuelas erwogen. "As a meeting last August in the Oval Office to discuss sanctions on Venezuela was concluding, President Donald Trump turned to his top aides and asked an unsettling question: With a fast unraveling Venezuela threatening regional security, why can’t the U.S. just simply invade the troubled country? The suggestion stunned those present at the meeting, including U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, both of whom have since left the administration. This account of the previously undisclosed conversation comes from a senior administration official familiar with what was said. (...) Taken together, the behind-the-scenes talks, the extent and details of which have not been previously reported, highlight how Venezuela’s political and economic crisis has received top attention under Trump in a way that was unimaginable in the Obama administration. But critics say it also underscores how his 'America First' foreign policy at times can seem outright reckless, providing ammunition to America’s adversaries."

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24.04.2018

"Trump backtracks on Syria after talks with French leader"

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Nach seinen Gesprächen mit Frankreichs Präsident Emmanuel Macron sei Donald Trump von seiner früheren Ankündigung eines amerikanischen Rückzugs aus Syrien abgerückt, berichtet Robert Burns. "The president said at a White House news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron at his side that before the U.S. withdraws from Syria, 'we want to leave a strong and lasting footprint.' This long-term approach, he added, was 'a very big part' of his conversation with Macron, who told reporters that he and Trump now agree that the Syria problem involves more than Trump’s priority of ridding the country of Islamic State extremists. The two leaders indicated that they see Syria as part of a broader problem of instability in the Middle East, which includes Iran’s role in Syria and Iraq. That kind of strategic thinking bears little resemblance to Trump’s words in late March when he said it was time to leave Syria to others."

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23.06.2017

"In Yemen’s secret prisons, UAE tortures and US interrogates"

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Einer Recherche der Associated Press zufolge betreiben die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in Jemen geheime Foltergefängnisse, in denen mutmaßliche Al-Qaida-Mitglieder angeblich auch von amerikanischen Militärexperten verhört werden. "Hundreds of men swept up in the hunt for al-Qaida militants have disappeared into a secret network of prisons in southern Yemen where abuse is routine and torture extreme — including the 'grill,' in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire, an Associated Press investigation has found. (...) Amnesty International called for a U.N.-led investigation 'into the UAE’s and other parties’ role in setting up this horrific network of torture' and into allegations the U.S. interrogated detainees or received information possibly obtained from torture. 'It would be a stretch to believe the US did not know or could not have known that there was a real risk of torture,' said Amnesty’s director of research in the Middle East, Lynn Maalouf."

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28.07.2016

"Russia, Syria blockade Aleppo, offer corridors out"

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Aron Lund von der Carnegie Endowment for International Peace glaubt, dass eine Einnahme der Stadt Aleppo durch syrische Regierungstruppen das Ende des jahrelangen Krieges einleiten könnte. "The encirclement of rebel-held eastern Aleppo sets the stage for a drawn-out siege with potentially huge implications for the future of the armed opposition to President Bashar Assad. The military continued to consolidate its grip Thursday, seizing a district on the northern edge of the city. 'If Assad shows that he is winning Aleppo, and he's now also advancing on the rebels in Damascus, it could trigger a more dramatic shift by finally convincing opposition groups that they have lost the war,' said Aron Lund, nonresident associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace."

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06.05.2016

"US takes tougher tone on Israeli settlements in new report"

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Die US-Regierung will die israelische Siedlungspolitik in einem neuen internationalen Bericht offenbar in ungewöhnlich offenen Worten kritisieren. "The U.S. approval of the harsh language marks a subtle shift. Washington has traditionally tempered statements by the so-called 'Quartet' of mediators with careful diplomatic language, but the diplomats said the U.S. in this case will align itself closer to the positions of the European Union, Russia and the United Nations, who emphasize Israel's role in the Mideast impasse. The report's release is sure to infuriate Israel, where officials are already bracing for expected criticism. And on the other side, although the mediators will endorse some long-standing Palestinian complaints, the Palestinians are likely to complain the report does not go far enough."

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07.09.2015

"Putin jockeying for deal with US on Syria"

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Einige Experten glauben Vladimir Isachenkov zufolge, dass Russland mit einem möglichen militärischen Engagement in der Syrienkrise auch die Beziehungen zum Westen reparieren wolle. "By playing with the possibility of joining the anti-IS coalition, Putin may hope to win a few key concessions. His main goal: the lifting of Western sanctions and the normalization of relations with the United States and the European Union, which have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War amid the Ukrainian crisis. In addition, the Russian leader may be angling to make the West more receptive to Moscow's involvement in Ukraine, while retaining influence in Syria."

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31.07.2015

"Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago"

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Trotz der jüngsten militärischen Rückschläge der Terrormiliz glauben Experten nicht, dass der "Islamische Staat" schnell besiegt werden könne. "American intelligence officials and other experts say the Islamic State is in no danger of being defeated any time soon. 'The pressure on Raqqa is significant ... but looking at the overall picture, ISIS is mostly in the same place,' said Harleen Gambhir, a counterterrorism analyst at Institute for the Study of War, a Washington think tank. Although U.S. officials have said it is crucial that the government in Baghdad win back disaffected Sunnis, there is little sign of that happening. American-led efforts to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State have produced a grand total of 60 vetted fighters."

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06.05.2015

"As Ukraine erects defenses, critics fear expensive failure"

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nsive-failure

Inna Varenitsa berichtet, dass die Errichtung der neuen "Grenzmauer" zwischen der Ukraine und Russland in Charkow begonnen habe. Die Bauarbeiten sollen nach Schätzungen der Regierung vier Jahre dauern und etwa 520 Millionen US-Dollar kosten. Die Bevölkerung Charkows habe gemischte Meinungen zum Projekt. "Some in the economic powerhouse of 1.4 million people embrace the idea, and look with distress to the fate that befell the neighboring, mainly Russian-speaking Donetsk and Luhansk regions. More than 6,000 people have died to date as a result of fighting between government and rebel forces. 'We need to protect ourselves somehow,' said Sergei Kotlyar, 46. 'But, of course, this won't give us 100 percent guarantees, even if it holds back the enemy for a little time.' Others believe investing in fences and trenches is a waste of money, noting that anti-tank defenses will be of limited use against the rocket launchers widely deployed over the course of the war. 'Who is it going to stop?' said 22-year old Kharkiv resident Anatasia Duda. 'A country like Russia definitely has the means to deal with slabs of metal. And what's the use of that wall when the border with Donetsk isn't even under control?'"

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10.02.2015

"20,000 foreign fighters flock to Syria, Iraq"

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2015/AP-Exclusive-US-says-foreign-fighters-flock-to-join-Islamic-State-other
-extremists-in-war/id-012821b6bf25439da403890e694f984f

Jüngsten Schätzungen der US-Regierung zufolge hat der Islamische Staat in Irak und Syrien weiteren Zulauf durch ausländische Anhänger erhalten. Unter den 20.000 neuen Kämpfern befinden sich demnach auch etwa 3.400 aus westlichen Ländern. "Nick Rasmussen, chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, said the rate of foreign fighter travel to Syria is without precedent, far exceeding the rate of foreigners who went to wage jihad in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen or Somalia at any other point in the past 20 years. (...) The estimate of 20,000 fighters, from 90 countries, is up from 19,000, Rasmussen will tell the House committee, according to prepared testimony. The number of Americans or U.S. residents who have gone or tried to go is up to 150 from 50 a year ago and 100 in the fall."

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10.02.2015

"20,000 foreign fighters flock to Syria, Iraq"

http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2015/AP-Exclusive-US-says-foreign-fighters-flock-to-join-Islamic-State-other
-extremists-in-war/id-012821b6bf25439da403890e694f984f

Jüngsten Schätzungen der US-Regierung zufolge hat der Islamische Staat in Irak und Syrien weiteren Zulauf durch ausländische Anhänger erhalten. Unter den 20.000 neuen Kämpfern befinden sich demnach auch etwa 3.400 aus westlichen Ländern. "Nick Rasmussen, chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, said the rate of foreign fighter travel to Syria is without precedent, far exceeding the rate of foreigners who went to wage jihad in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen or Somalia at any other point in the past 20 years. (...) The estimate of 20,000 fighters, from 90 countries, is up from 19,000, Rasmussen will tell the House committee, according to prepared testimony. The number of Americans or U.S. residents who have gone or tried to go is up to 150 from 50 a year ago and 100 in the fall."

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