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"Trump, Pentagon Have No Contingency Plan for ISIS Jailbreakers as Turkey Attacks U.S. Allies in Syria"

John Walcott und W.J. Hennigan erwarten, dass die kurdischen Milizen im Verlauf der türkischen Offensive in Nordsyrien die Bewachung von über 30 Internierungslagern mit tausenden IS-Kämpfern aufgeben werden, um sich gegen türkische Vorstöße zu verteidigen. Da das Pentagon für diesen Fall keine Notfallpläne entwickelt habe, drohe eine Massenflucht der IS-Kämpfer. "The U.S. military has no plans to take over these camps and, with only about 1,000 total troops inside Syria, is not prepared to do so, U.S. officials told TIME. If the Kurds abandon their guard posts to defend their homes against the Turkish military incursion, thousands of ISIS operatives are likely to escape, U.S. military, diplomatic and intelligence officials have concluded. Past and present U.S. military commanders have shared that assessment directly with President Donald Trump, but he has rebuffed the warnings and demanded that Turkey take control of the camps, the officials say. Most of the camps remain outside the area that Turkey is expected to occupy, and the Kurds have said they will remain in control over the detainees. But that may prove difficult if fighting in their home territory intensifies."

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"U.N. Head Warns World Faces 'Unprecedented Threat' From Violent Extremism and Terrorism"

UN-Generalsekretär Guterres hat in einer Sitzung des UN-Sicherheitsrats vor einer "beispiellosen Bedrohung" durch Extremismus und Terrorismus gewarnt. "The U.N. chief told a Security Council ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders that 'the new frontier is cyber-terrorism — the use of social media and the dark web to coordinate attacks, spread propaganda and recruit new followers.' He stressed that the response to the unprecedented terrorist threat 'must complement security measures with prevention efforts that identify and address root causes, while always respecting human rights.' Russia, which holds the council presidency this month, organized the meeting on cooperation between the U.N. and three Eurasian organizations in countering terrorism — the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Collective Security Treaty Organization, and Commonwealth of Independent States. The United States and its Western allies echoed the secretary-general, stressing the importance of respecting human rights in counter-terrorism operations."

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"Democrats Launched an Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump. Here's What That Means"

Die demokratische Vorsitzende des US-Repräsentantenhauses, Nancy Pelosi, hat eine formelle Untersuchung zu einem Amtsenthebungsverfahren gegen US-Präsident Trump eingeleitet. Trump wird die Verletzung seiner verfassungsmäßigen Pflichten vorgeworfen, da er den ukrainischen Präsidenten Selenskyj in einem Telefonat gedrängt haben soll, Ermittlungen gegen den Sohn des demokratischen Präsidentschaftsbewerbers Joe Biden einzuleiten. Tara Law erklärt die politische und verfassungsrechtliche Bedeutung des Verfahrens. "Impeachment proceedings are an ambiguous part of American law. As the Constitution does not go into detail about how the procedure should work, lawmakers must rely on precedents set out by previous impeachments for guidance. However, following precedent has limitations of its own, because there have been very few impeachments in American history and only two Presidents have ever been impeached. This reliance on precedence also means that lawmakers have more room for reinterpreting the law. (...) a lawmaker told TIME that Pelosi acknowledged that formally declaring the investigation an impeachment inquiry 'doesn’t change much from what is already going on,' as lawmakers had already begun investigating the President’s conduct."

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"Trump Says It 'Looks' Like Iran Hit the Saudis, But Military Retaliation Isn't Being Considered Yet"

Eine militärische Reaktion der USA auf den Angriff auf zwei saudi-arabische Ölanlagen steht US-Präsident Trump zufolge zumindest derzeit nicht auf dem Plan. "Trump, who has repeatedly stressed avoiding new Middle East wars, seemed intent on preserving room to maneuver in a crisis that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had immediately called Iran’s fault. Pompeo said Saturday, 'Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.' Trump, too, had talked more harshly at first. But by Monday afternoon he seemed intent on consultations with allies. (...) One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the U.S. was considering dispatching additional military resources to the Gulf but that no decisions had been made. The U.S. already has the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier battle group in the area, as well as fighter jets, bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and air defenses. Trump, alternating between aggressive and nonviolent reactions, said the U.S. could respond 'with an attack many, many times larger' but also 'I’m not looking at options right now.'"

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"9/11 Is History Now. Here's How American Kids Are Learning About It in Class"

18 Jahre nach dem 11. September 2001 berichtet Olivia B. Waxman darüber, was Kinder und Jugendliche in US-Schulen heute über die folgenreichen Terroranschläge lernen. "It’s not surprising that teaching 9/11 as history is a delicate task. In addition to the emotional burden that falls on teachers who remember that day, the subject matter is sensitive and the images and documents that might be used as primary sources are disturbing. The story is also very much still being written, as the effects of 9/11 on American society continue to evolve. There is also no national guideline that states are required to follow in terms of teaching the topic, so lessons will vary depending on the teacher or school district. In New York, for example, schools will observe a moment of silence on Wednesday, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law on Monday requiring observation of the anniversary. A 2017 analysis of state high-school social-studies academic standards in the 50 states and the District of Columbia noted that 26 specifically mentioned the 9/11 attacks, nine mentioned terrorism or the war on terror, and 16 didn’t mention 9/11 or terrorism-related examples at all."

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"Secretary of State Pompeo: Taliban 'Overreached' in Kabul Bombing That Killed an American Soldier"

Experten zufolge ist bisher unklar, ob die Verhandlungen der USA mit den Taliban nach Donald Trumps Intervention nur unterbrochen, oder endgültig beendet worden sind. Auch die Begründung des Verhandlungsstopps wird hinterfragt, da beide Seiten ihre Militäroperationen während der Gespräche keineswegs eingestellt haben. "Trump’s move puzzled observers, who pointed out that both the Taliban and U.S. and Afghan forces have increased fighting in recent months to strengthen their position in the talks. Civilians have suffered more than anyone in what was the world’s deadliest war in 2018. (...) It remains unclear if the U.S.-Taliban talks are over or only paused. Trump said he called off the peace negotiations after the bombing, but Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy negotiating with the Taliban, was meeting with leaders of the insurgent group in Doha, Qatar, on both Thursday and Friday."

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"FARC Says Rebels Will Take Up Arms Against Colombian Government Again"

Der frühere Verhandlungsführer der FARC-Guerilla in Kolumbien hat zusammen mit einer Gruppe weiterer Rebellen angekündigt, den bewaffneten Kampf gegen die Regierung wieder aufzunehmen, da Präsident Duque vereinbarte Zusagen nicht eingehalten habe. "'When we signed the accord in Havana we did so with the conviction that it was possible to change the life of the most humble and dispossessed,' said Marin, better known by his alias Ivan Marquez, in the more than 30 minute video. 'But the state hasn’t fulfilled its most important obligation, which is to guarantee the life of its citizens and especially avoid assassinations for political reasons.' (...) Rodrigo Londono, who had been the FARC’s top military commander and now heads its legal political party, distanced himself from his former comrades, with whom relations have been strained in the past year. In an interview with Blu Radio he apologized to his fellow Colombians and the international community, saying that the vast majority of rebels remain committed to the peace process despite rising security risks."

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"Afghanistan Vows to 'Eliminate' Islamic State Safe Havens After a Horrific Attack Kills 63 People"

Nach dem blutigen Selbstmordanschlag auf eine Hochzeitsgesellschaft in Kabul hat Präsident Ghani geschworen, die "sicheren Häfen" des verantwortlichen "Islamischen Staates" in Afghanistan zu "eliminieren". "President Ashraf Ghani’s comments came as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people, including children, killed in the Kabul bombing at a wedding hall late Saturday night. Close to 200 others were wounded. Many outraged Afghans ask whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting — America’s longest war — will bring peace to long-suffering civilians."

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"Suicides Among French Police Rise, With 64 So Far This Year"

In Frankreich haben in diesem Jahr bereits 64 Polizisten Selbstmord begangen. Elaine Ganley berichtet, dass ein parlamentarischer Untersuchungsausschuss die Suizidwelle u.a. auf Stress und Dauerbelastung durch Antiterroreinsätze und die Gelbwestenbewegung zurückführt. "Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber deaths in the line of duty. The protectors need protecting, say police unions, which are demanding more help to stop the problem. (...) A Senate report last year said the French police suicide rate was 36% higher than the rate for France’s general population, but also uncovered no single reason behind the suicides. 'We don’t have an understanding' of why, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner conceded in April as he announced yet another prevention plan, the third minister in a row to do so, underlining authorities’ failure to solve the public health problem."

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"Here's Who Shined, Who Stumbled and Who Survived At Wednesday's Democratic Debate"

In der zweiten Debatte von zehn weiteren demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten haben außenpolitische Fragen erneut keine große Rolle gespielt. TIME fasst den Abend zusammen: "Ten Democratic presidential candidates gathered in Detroit Wednesday for a rowdy debate that underscored the party’s deep divisions. Here are 10 of the top takeaways".

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"10 Things We Learned From Night One of the Democratic Debates in Detroit"

TIME hat den Verlauf der zweiten Debatte der demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten in zehn Punkten zusammengefasst. Die Außenpolitik hat demnach auch diesmal nur eine nachgeordnete Rolle gespielt. "After ignoring foreign affairs all night, in the last fifteen minutes of the debate the moderators finally served up a handful of rapid-fire questions that ranged from incredibly broad to oddly specific. This left candidates rushing to compress the only statements they would give on national security and how the U.S. deals with the world outside its borders, and provided little clarity about their worldview and plans."

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"Iranian Hackers Wage Cyber Campaign Amid Ongoing Tensions With the U.S."

Der Iran unternimmt im Kontext der aktuellen Krise offenbar ebenfalls verstärkte Cyberangriffe gegen die USA. "Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S. government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity. (...) The cyber offensive is the latest chapter in the U.S. and Iran’s ongoing cyber operations targeting the other, with this recent sharp increase in attacks occurring after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian petrochemical sector this month."

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"Exclusive: President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers 'Very Minor'"

US-Präsident Trump hat den Angriff auf zwei Öltanker im Golf von Oman in einem Gespräch mit dem TIME-Magazin als "geringfügigen" Vorfall eingeschätzt. "Facing twin challenges in the Persian Gulf, President Donald Trump said in an interview with TIME Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but cast doubt on going to war to protect international oil supplies. 'I would certainly go over nuclear weapons,' the president said when asked what moves would lead him to consider going to war with Iran, 'and I would keep the other a question mark.' (...) Last week, U.S. officials blamed Iran for attacks against Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Trump described those and other recent attacks attributed by administration officials to Iran as limited. 'So far, it’s been very minor,' Trump told TIME."

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"Exclusive: U.S. Military Officials Say There Is No Actual Plan to Confront Iran"

Trotz der aufgeheizten Iran-Rhetorik des Weißen Hauses gebe es im Pentagon keine unmittelbaren Pläne für eine umfassende Verlegung von US-Truppen in die Golfregion, berichtet John Walcott. "(...) in the world of the Pentagon, there are plans you present to politicians, and then there are real plans. And three U.S. military officials involved in planning and overseeing military forces in the region tell TIME that no actual, executable plan, or anything like it, exists for a large-scale troop deployment to the Gulf. 'That requires knowing what contingency you’re addressing,' says one officer. 'Is the target Iran’s own forces or is it a militia? Is the enemy in Iraq or Syria or someplace else? A car bomb or missiles or cyber? Is there credible evidence linking an attack to the Iranian government so that targets inside Iran are legitimate?' All three sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to discuss the matter publicly, told TIME they had seen no such detailed data."

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"Julian Assange Could Face Extradition Requests From 2 Countries. What Happens Next?"

Neben den USA könnte bald auch Schweden die Auslieferung des in Großbritannien inhaftierten WikiLeaks-Gründers Julian Assange beantragen. Billy Perrigo schreibt, dass die Entscheidung über die Priorität in diesem Fall bei Innenminister Sajid Javid liegen würde und langwierige Verfahren folgen könnten. "In such an event, under U.K. law, Javid would have to weigh specific legal criteria to make his decision. They are: - The relative seriousness of the offenses. - The place where each offense was committed. - The date when each request was issued or received. - Whether the person is accused or convicted of each offense. Those criteria, however, are broad and leave space for individual judgment. 'The Secretary of State has to follow the law; it is highly likely that there will a legal challenge if he doesn’t,' says Katherine Tyler, a leading extradition lawyer at London law firm Kingsley Napley. The point of contention, Tyler predicts, is likely to be the relative seriousness of each offense. Both sides could argue that their case is more urgent than the other. (...) If anything is certain, it’s that Assange may not leave the U.K. any time soon. 'Contested extradition hearings can take a long time,' says Tyler. 'I would expect the U.S. request alone to take in the region of a year to 18 months; were there to be an additional request from Sweden, consideration of how to deal with this is likely to make the overall process longer still.'"

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"'Mr. Pompeo, You Can Stop.' China Refutes 'Despicable' U.S. Criticism of Its Involvement in Venezuela"

US-Außenminister Pompeo hat nicht nur Russland, sondern auch China wegen der Unterstützung für Präsident Maduro in Venezuela offen kritisiert. Das chinesische Außenministerium hat die Vorwürfe Pompeos nun als "Lügen" zurückgewiesen. "The remarks come in response to comments Pompeo made while visiting Latin America last week, when he said that Chinese intervention had 'helped to destroy' Venezuela. China is one of Venezuela’s largest trading partners and largest creditors. Lu also criticized the U.S. for its interference in Latin American affairs. 'The Latin American countries have good judgment about who is their true friend and who is false, and who is breaking rules and making trouble,' [Lu Kang, a spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry,] said, according to the Post."

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"Singapore Is the Latest Country to Propose Tough Legislation Against Fake News"

In Singapur sollen Soziale Netzwerke künftig gezwungen werden können, Informationen, die von der Regierung als "Fake News" eingeschätzt werden, zu unterdrücken. "The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill aims to 'prevent the communication of false statements of fact' and 'enable measures to be taken to counteract the effects of such communication,' according to the draft. Under the new legislation, the government can demand that online platforms take down misinformation or publish “corrections” next to information flagged as false. (...) Simon Milner, Facebook’s Asia-Pacific Vice President of Public Policy, voiced concern that the law would 'grant broad powers to the Singapore executive branch' and 'proactively push a government notification to users,' according to Reuters. The anti-fake news bill has also elicited criticism from industry associations and rights groups, which say the legislation gives the country’s leaders the power to promote an agenda while stifling public expression."

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"China's Media Interference Is Going Global, Report Says"

Einem neuen Bericht der Organisation Reporter ohne Grenzen (RSF) zufolge verfolgt China heute eine globale Medienstrategie zur Beeinflussung der internationalen Berichterstattung. "The report, China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order says Beijing is using a variety of strategies including ramping up international broadcasting, undertaking extensive advertising campaigns, and infiltrating foreign media outlets to spread its world view. 'You can see that what is at stake is not only the Chinese authorities trying to spread their own propaganda…what is at stake is journalism as we know it,' Cédric Alviani, East Asia Bureau Director of RSF told TIME. According to the report, the Chinese government is investing as much as $1.3 billion annually to increase the global presence of Chinese media. With this investment, Chinese state-run television and radio shows have been able drastically expanded their international reach in recent years. China Global Television Network is televised in 140 countries and China Radio International is broadcast in 65 languages."

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"Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi War in Yemen"

Der US-Senat hat eine parteiübergreifende Resolution verabschiedet, in der Präsident Trump aufgefordert wird, die Unterstützung Saudi-Arabiens im Bürgerkrieg in Jemen zu beenden. Es wird erwartet, dass die Resolution im Repräsentantenhaus ebenfalls eine Mehrheit findet. "The Senate voted Wednesday to end U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition’s war in Yemen, bringing Congress one step closer to a unprecedented rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Lawmakers have never before invoked the decades-old War Powers Resolution to stop a foreign conflict, but they are poised to do just that in the bid to cut off U.S. support for a war that has triggered a humanitarian catastrophe. The vote puts Congress on a collision course with Trump, who has already threatened to veto the resolution, which the White House says raises 'serious constitutional concerns.'"

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"Why It’s Good for the West That Iran’s Foreign Minister Isn’t Resigning"

Irans Präsident Hassan Rouhani hat das Rücktrittsgesuch seines Außenministers Mohammad Javad Zarif abgelehnt. Für den Westen sei dies eine gute Nachricht, meint die Iran-Expertin Holly Dagres. "Decades of experience in the international arena, specifically at the Iranian mission in New York, is rare among Iranian diplomats. And although the United States and Israel celebrated the news of Zarif’s potential departure, it would have been a double-edged sword, with the risk of damaging dialogue or potential diplomacy between Iran and the United States. (...) Had Zarif been allowed to resign, his exit would’ve inflicted damage on any possibility of detente with the United States and keeping the JCPOA alive. His critics rightfully point to the fact that he defended the indefensible — including Iran’s involvement in Syria and human rights violations inside the country — which is his job: promoting the narrative of an internationally isolated and repressive government. But beyond that, Zarif is not just an approachable government official, he is the only Iranian diplomat capable of sitting down with his U.S. counterpart to negotiate a multilateral agreement."

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"Serbia Just Got More Russian-Made MiG Fighters as Arms Race With NATO-Member Croatia Escalates"

Die Associated Press berichtet, dass Serbien in einem "Mini-Wettrüsten" mit dem NATO-Nachbarn Kroatien vier weitere russische MiG-29-Flugzeuge erworben habe. "Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin attended the ceremony at an air force base in Belarus, saying that with the delivery 'our air force has never been stronger in decades.' Serbia has recently received six MiG-29 jets from Russia, which has also promised the delivery of 60 armored vehicles, air defense systems and battle and transport helicopters. (...) Serbia faces a mini arms race with NATO-member Croatia, which has recently failed to purchase 12 used F-16 fighter aircraft from Israel after a deal that went wrong after opposition from Washington. Serbia formally wants to join the European Union, but under political and propaganda pressure from Moscow, Belgrade has steadily slid toward the Kremlin and its goal of trying to keep the countries in the region out of NATO."

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"U.S. Says Alabama Woman Who Regrets Joining ISIS Is Not a Citizen and Cannot Return"

Die US-Regierung hat sich im Fall der jungen Frau, die vor fünf Jahren aus Alabama nach Syrien gereist ist, um sich dem IS anzuschließen, klar gegen eine Rückkehr ausgesprochen. "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Hoda Muthana, who is now in a refugee camp in Syria along with others who fled the remnants of the Islamic State, has no legal claim to citizenship and will not be permitted to enter the country. But her lawyer, Hassan Shibly, insisted she was born in the United States and had a valid passport before she joined the Islamic State in 2014. (...) President Donald Trump said later Wednesday on Twitter that he was behind the decision, tweeting that 'I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!' The announcement came a day after Britain said that it was stripping the citizenship of Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old who left the country in 2015 with two friends to join the Islamic State and recently gave birth in a refugee camp. It also comes as the U.S. has urged allies to back citizens who joined IS but are now in the custody of the American-backed forces (...)."

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"Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Says She Made a 'Big Mistake' and Wants to Come Home"

Auch in den USA wird über eine Frau berichtet, die sich dem "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien angeschlossen hat. In einem Flüchtlingslager hofft sie nun, bald nach Alabama zurückkehren zu können. "Hoda Muthana, 24, regrets ever aligning herself with the terrorist organization and is putting herself at risk by speaking out against it from a refugee camp where she has lived since fleeing the group a few weeks ago, said attorney Hassan Shibly. Muthana, who dodged sniper fire and roadside bombs to escape, is ready to pay the penalty for her actions but wants freedom and safety for the 18-month-old son she had with one of two IS fighters she wed, he said. Both men were killed in combat. (...) After fleeing her home in suburban Birmingham in late 2014 and resurfacing in Syria, Muthana used social media to advocate violence against the United States. In the letter, Muthana wrote that she didn’t understand the importance of freedoms provided by the United States at the time."

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"'We Have a Real Problem.' U.S. Is at Odds With European Allies, Munich Meeting Shows"

Die Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz hat nach Ansicht vieler Beobachter bestätigt, wie tief der Graben zwischen den USA und ihren europäischen Verbündeten gegenwärtig ist. Zu einem echten Bruch der Allianz wird es nach Überzeugung von Marc Champion allerdings nicht kommen: "The U.S. security umbrella and its economic pull are simply too great. Even those proposing a new European army acknowledge that without the U.S. and, after Brexit, the U.K. it would be incapable of providing security for the continent. A large, bi-partisan U.S. turnout, including more than 50 members of Congress, sought to fill the void and former Vice President Joe Biden looked to persuade U.S. allies that normal service would resume as soon as Trump leaves office. Yet Europeans are divided by the Trump administration, too. Poland, under pressure from the EU for allegedly undermining its democratic institutions, is a particularly strong backer and hosted a U.S.-convened conference on the Middle East last week."

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"Why Vietnam? 4 Reasons the Southeast Asian Nation Is Perfect for the Second Trump-Kim Summit"

Das zweite Gipfeltreffen zwischen Donald Trump und Kim Jong Un soll Ende Februar in Vietnam stattfinden. Joseph Hincks hält diese Wahl aus vier Gründen für "perfekt": "Vietnam is geographically close to North Korea (...) Vietnam was once a bitter enemy of the United States... (...) But today Vietnam provides a model North Korea could emulate (...) Vietnam is politically neutral and secure".

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"ISIS Is Still Active in Iraq, Syria and Beyond. This Is What the Threat Looks Like Now"

Trotz der Zerschlagung des IS-Kalifats und der offiziellen Siegesmeldungen von US-Präsident Trump geht vom "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien und Irak Joseph Hincks zufolge immer noch eine erhebliche Bedrohung aus. "The most recent UN estimates put the number of ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq today at between 20,000 and 30,000, with most dispersed over territory the group no longer fully controls. That’s not many fewer than the 33,000 fighters U.S. intelligence officials estimated the group had at its 2015 peak, according to VOA. Yet in terms of territory the Islamic State is much diminished. (...) Analysts say the squeeze on ISIS’ physical footprint is likely to entail a shift from conventional to guerrilla tactics, with fighters more likely to mount the sort of small scale ambushes employed so effectively by Al Qaeda in Iraq, the group that seeded ISIS. (...) Gönül Tol, the founding director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies, tells TIME several high profile ranking Turkish military figures have objected to the idea of going 'further south to fight the Islamic State because they think Turkey is not capable of doing of that.' 'Turkey is definitely not going to fight ISIS,' says ICG’s Hiltermann. 'ISIS is very far from the Turkish border, its near the Iraqi borders in Arab areas. Turkey has absolutely no interest whatsoever in doing that work for the United States or anyone else.'"

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"South Korea No Longer Lists North Korea as an 'Enemy' in Its New Defense Report"

Südkorea hat Nordkorea in einem aktuellen Bericht des Verteidigungsministeriums von der Liste der "Feinde" des Landes gestrichen. "It’s the first time since 2010, the same year 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks blamed on the North, that the enemy label hasn’t been applied, and a further sign of better ties between the rivals. The South Korean Defense Ministry white paper doesn’t include past terms that labeled North Korea an 'enemy', a 'present enemy' or the South’s 'main enemy.' It still said the North’s weapons of mass destruction are a 'threat to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,' a reference to the North’s missile and nuclear program. The 'enemy' terminology has been a long-running source of animosity between the Koreas. North Korea has called the label a provocation that demonstrated Seoul’s hostility."

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"The Syria Withdrawal Shows the Problem With Trump Going Off-Script"

Der widersprüchlichen Aussagen der US-Regierung zu einem möglichen Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien hätten bei allen Beteiligten für Verwirrung gesorgt, schreibt W.J. Hennigan. Die unklare Situation sei das Resultat der Gewohnheit des US-Präsidenten, ohne Rücksprache mit weitreichenden Aussagen an die Öffentlichkeit zu treten. "Trump may not entirely subscribe to past U.S. presidents’ tendency toward strategic predictability, but it’s his prerogative whether or not to heed the advice of advisers, said David Priess, a former CIA analyst and author of 'The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents.' 'We elect a president, not a bureaucracy, to execute policy,' he said. 'The danger is that the United States government is involved in so many ways in so many countries that it’s very hard for any one person to stay on top of it all.' The system, he said, is in place to 'help the President avoid committing himself to something he has to pull back from.'"

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"The Guardians and the War on Truth"

Das TIME-Magazine hat den ermordeten Jamal Khashoggi und eine Reihe weiterer Journalisten zur "Person des Jahres" erklärt. Karl Vick stellt das Thema der diesjährigen Auswahl In diesem interaktiven Beitrag vor. "Modern misinformation, says David Patrikarakos, author of the book War in 140 Characters, titled after the original maximum length of a Twitter post, 'does not function like traditional propaganda. It tries to muddy the waters. It tries to sow as much confusion and as much misinformation as possible, so that when people see the truth, they find it harder to recognize.' The story of this assault on truth is, somewhat paradoxically, one of the hardest to tell. 'We all learned in our schools that journalists shouldn’t be the story ourselves, but this is, again, not our choice,' says Can Dündar, who, after being charged with revealing state secrets and nearly assassinated as a newspaper editor in Turkey, fled to Germany, where he set up a news site. 'This is the world of the strong leaders who hate the free press and truth.'"

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"Sen. Lindsey Graham Says There's 'Zero Chance' Saudi Prince Wasn't Involved in Khashoggi Killing Following CIA Brief"

Nach einer nichtöffentlichen Anhörung der CIA-Direktorin Gina Haspel haben die beiden einflussreichen republikanischen Senatoren Bob Corker und Lindsey Graham keinen Zweifel mehr an der Beteiligung des saudi-arabischen Kronprinzen Mohammed bin Salman an der Ermordung des Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi. "Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he believes if the crown prince were put on trial, a jury would find him guilty in 'about 30 minutes.' Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who demanded the briefing with Haspel, said there is 'zero chance' the crown prince wasn’t involved in Khashoggi’s death. 'There’s not a smoking gun. There’s a smoking saw,' Graham said, referring to reports from the Turkish government that said Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi after he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Graham said 'you have to be willfully blind' not to conclude that this was orchestrated and organized by people under the crown prince’s command."

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