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21.10.2018

"Number of Russian spies in UK has risen fivefold since Cold War"

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Einem neuen Bericht der britischen Henry Jackson Society zufolge sind derzeit bis zu 200 russische Geheimdienstoffiziere und mindestens 500 russische Agenten in Großbritannien aktiv. "The Henry Jackson Society think tank interviewed serving and recent former intelligence officials to produce the figure, which is significantly higher than previous estimates. It will add to growing alarm about Russian espionage activities in Britain following the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in March. Even after the expulsions of 23 suspected intelligence officers after the Skripal attack, about half of the 56 accredited Russian diplomats still in London are believed to be engaged in intelligence work, the report says. Others operate without diplomatic cover. Several spies are based at the Russian trade delegation office in Highgate, north London, the official Rossotrudnichestvo cultural centre, in Kensington High Street, and elsewhere."

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19.10.2018

"Human rights law is harming Britain’s armed forces"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/human-rights-law-is-harming-britain-s-armed-forces-dlslts7rj

Der frühere CIA-Direktor und US-General David Petraeus warnt in diesem Kommentar für die Times davor, dass die "Verrechtlichung" von internationalen Konflikten die Kampfkraft des britischen Militärs einschränken könnte. "The problem is increasing friction between the two main legal frameworks within which military operations take place. On the one hand, under the Geneva Convention (which codified the law of armed conflict) lethal force is allowed as a matter of first resort against a clearly identified enemy. On the other hand, under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), lethal force is to be used only as a last resort and only in exceptional circumstances. This friction has increased in Britain because the law of armed conflict is being steadily displaced by European human rights law. The ECHR was conceived as a safeguard against despotism, yet the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has increasingly extended its application from domestic situations to the battlefield. This has given rise to judicial pursuit of British soldiers and veterans, and it is reported to be having a chilling effect on recruiting and retention of British armed forces and on their overall morale".

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17.10.2018

"Who will step up if Mohammed Bin Salman takes the fall over Jamal Khashoggi?"

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Richard Spencer hält es nicht für ausgeschlossen, dass Kronprinz Mohammed Bin Salman seine Macht aufgrund der Affäre um den verschwundenen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi einbüßen könnte. Der saudi-arabische König Salman könnte demnach beschließen, den Kronprinzen fallen zu lassen, um die außenpolitischen Folgen des Skandals einzudämmen und die westlichen Verbündeten zu beruhigen. "If King Salman decides MBS does have to be sacrificed, his preference would be to keep succession in his branch of the family. Prince Khaled, three years younger than his brother, is a possible replacement. The king also has other, older sons, including some with political experience, though none has been mentioned in the context of the highest offices before. Saudi Arabia’s western allies would be reassured by a return to experience. That would not mean a continuation of the gerontocracy — while King Salman is 82 his brothers, who might have expected to succeed him before MBS’s rise, are Prince Ahmed, 76, and Prince Muqrin, 73. It may involve a return to a generation represented by the man the crown prince replaced as heir, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 59. When ousted last year, royal aides put it about that he was unwell. It may be time for a recovery."

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11.10.2018

"We need to hit the Saudis where it hurts"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/we-need-to-hit-the-saudis-where-it-hurts-chjfmhjfs

David Aaronovitch fordert, dass der Westen auf das Verschwinden des saudi-arabischen Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul ebenso hart reagiert, wie auf die Vergiftung von Sergei Skripal in Salisbury. "We can no longer afford the Cold War realpolitik of 'he may be a murdering sonofabitch but he’s OUR murdering sonofabitch'. That sentiment, expressed by Franklin Roosevelt of the Nicaraguan dictator Somoza, left a legacy of distrust of western hypocrisy in dozens of nations. If the prince’s regime has killed one of its opponents in another country, we cannot ignore it. (...) The Saudis need to come clean about what happened to Khashoggi while he was inside their consulate, and why he has not been seen since. If they fail to come up with a convincing innocent explanation — and it’s very hard to see how they could — we must hold them responsible. Our two countries should suspend defence sales and cooperation with Riyadh, and impose financial sanctions on senior Saudi figures."

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07.10.2018

"UK war-games cyber attack on Moscow"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/uk-war-games-cyber-attack-on-moscow-dgxz8ppv0

Großbritannien hat der Sunday Times zufolge einen massiven Cyberangriff auf Moskau simuliert, um zusätzliche militärische Reaktionen für den Kriegsfall zu testen. "Defence chiefs have war-gamed a massive cyber-strike to black out Moscow if Vladimir Putin launches a military attack on the West, after concluding that the only other way of hitting back would be to use nuclear weapons. Senior security sources have told The Sunday Times they are concerned that Britain has a capability gap that has left commanders with too few weapons to meet Kremlin aggression short of firing a Trident nuclear missile. Planning exercises on the threat posed by Russia have left officials 'ashen-faced' at the speed with which confrontation with Moscow could escalate. Whitehall officials have vowed to step up offensive cyber-capability, including the ability to 'turn out the lights' in the Kremlin."

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26.09.2018

"UN general assembly: Macron challenges Trump’s world view"

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Frankreichs Präsident Macron habe sich der Weltsicht Donald Trumps in seiner Rede vor der UN-Vollversammlung entgegengestellt und den Nationalismus als wichtigste Ursache "globaler Kriege" bezeichnet, berichtet die Times. "President Macron launched a blistering rebuke of President Trump’s isolationist doctrine before the United Nations last night, denouncing nationalism as the cause of 'global war' as he sought to take the mantle of the leader of the free world. 'Nationalism always leads to defeat,' he warned in an impassioned defence of the global institutions that Mr Trump had scorned in his address to the general assembly hours earlier. 'Just as our collective system is falling apart, it is in demand,' he said, calling for 'a new world order with a human face' to tackle inequality. 'Human rights are not negotiable values,' he added. The speech drew a standing ovation."

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25.09.2018

"Soldiers get lessons in morality of drone killings"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/soldiers-get-lessons-in-morality-of-drone-killings-52zqt2ckc

Lucy Fisher berichtet, dass das britische Militär seinen Soldaten künftig mit Hilfe von speziell ausgebildeten Militärseelsorgern die Moral des Tötens durch ferngesteuerte Drohnen vermitteln will. "Chaplains have been sent on postgraduate philosophy courses so that they can guide officers on ethical issues thrown up by deployments thousands of miles away from the battlefield. The Rev David Coulter, the chaplain-general, said that growing numbers of personnel were engaging in 'asymmetric warfare' where weapons were used remotely and that this created unique pastoral issues. 'It’s very different in asymmetric warfare when people are going to work flying drones and then going back to their families in the evening,' he said. 'They’re not deploying overseas and disappearing for months on end. So that brings a very interesting dynamic pastorally as well as professionally.'"

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09.09.2018

"British Army’s exit from Germany delayed over Russia threat"

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Die britische Regierung verzichtet der Sunday Times zufolge auf den geplanten Abzug von hunderten Soldaten aus Deutschland, um auch weiterhin eine "russische Aggression" abzuschrecken. "The defence secretary has decided to tear up plans to withdraw all forces from Germany by 2020, and will keep forward bases on the central European plain. Williamson will issue a stark warning to Vladimir Putin at the Conservative Party conference this month after intelligence chiefs and military commanders told him Russia was at its most dangerous since the end of the Cold War. More than 200 servicemen and 400 family members will not be coming home as planned in the next year. Those due to remain in Germany include an engineering regiment that is Nato’s leading unit for river crossings, enabling tanks to go into battle where bridges have been destroyed."

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03.09.2018

"'Debt colonialism' fears as China puts $60bn into Africa"

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China hat angekündigt, afrikanische Länder in den nächsten Jahren mit weiteren 60 Milliarden US-Dollar an Investitionen und Krediten zu unterstützen. Dabei betont Peking, dass die Investitionen im Gegensatz zu vielen westlichen Hilfen nicht an politische Vorbedingungen geknüpft werden. "Since 2000 China has extended $136 billion in loans to African governments and it now does three times more trade on the continent than the US. It may soon overtake the US as Africa’s primary aid donor after President Trump called for donations to be cut by 35 per cent to about $5.4 billion. Beijing says that it is working to a different model from western powers and dismisses criticism that its spending amounts to colonialism or a debt trap. 'China’s co-operation with Africa is clearly targeted at the major bottlenecks to development,' Mr Xi said. 'Resources for our co-operation are not to be spent on any vanity projects but in places where they count the most.' He touted China’s no-strings approach to investment, which western nations have sometimes linked to human rights or democracy."

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20.08.2018

"Britain scraps controversial aid to Syrian rebel areas"

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Die britische Regierung hat ein Hilfsprogramm für die syrischen Rebellen offiziell eingestellt. Nach Ansicht von Richard Spencer bestätigt dieser symbolische Schritt, dass der Krieg für die Rebellen effektiv verloren sei. "The last rebel area, which is centred on the province of Idlib on the Turkish border but also includes parts of west Aleppo, is expected to be attacked by Assad regime forces at any time. Sources say they accept that the decision may be overtaken by events. Few expect the rebels to be able to resist the combined weight of Syrian troops, Shia militias supplied by Iran, and Russian and Syrian jets. The police scheme has been condemned in any case. A BBC Panorama programme last December said that the multimillion-pound project was being used to fund police answerable to the jihadist forces that were controlling much of the region."

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09.08.2018

"US to sanction Russia over Skripal poisoning"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/us-to-sanction-russia-over-skripal-poisoning-mmnmjqm9g

Die US-Regierung hat angekündigt, Russland wegen der Vergiftung des russischen Ex-Spions Sergei Skripal und dessen Tochter im britischen Salisbury mit neuen Sanktionen zu bestrafen. "The sanctions, expected to be export bans on sensitive national security technology and goods to Russia, will take effect later this month. A second, more punitive set may follow 'if the executive branch cannot certify that Russia is no longer using chemical weapons or provide reliable assurances that it will not use it in the future', a State Department official said. The actions were designed to put a 'sliding scale of pressure' on Russia to prove its compliance with the international ban on the use of chemical weapons. The sanctions could have an impact on trade worth hundreds of millions of dollars. They could affect 70 per cent of the Russian economy and 40 per cent of the workforce, the official said, as they will apply to all state-owned and state-funded enterprises. Russia has repeatedly denied involvement in the attack on the Skripals."

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09.07.2018

"Italy revives Gaddafi deal to reduce migration"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/italy-revives-5bn-deal-with-libya-to-cut-migration-xx8p223w6

Um die Migration aus dem Süden einzuschränken, will die italienische Regierung die Vereinbarung mit Libyen aus dem Jahr 2008 neu aufleben lassen, berichtet Tom Kington aus Rom. "Italy’s new populist government has revived a 2008 deal promising $5 billion in reparations to Libya to stop migrants sailing across the Mediterranean. Enzo Moavero Milanesi, the Italian foreign minister, called the deal significant and promising after a meeting in Tripoli with Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, at the weekend. The agreement was forged by Silvio Berlusconi and Colonel Gaddafi, but lapsed when the Libyan dictator was overthrown and killed in 2011. Its revival reflects Italy’s intense efforts to persuade Libya to reduce the number of migrants, which has caused rifts between EU member states and prompted a surge in populism."

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02.07.2018

"Taliban’s best fighters being trained by Iran"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/talibans-best-fighters-being-trained-by-iran-bbzc68n3m

Der Iran habe auf die zunehmenden Spannungen mit den USA offenbar mit einer verstärkten Unterstützung der Taliban in Afghanistan reagiert, berichtet Anthony Loyd aus Kabul. Hunderte Kämpfer sind demnach von iranischen Spezialeinheiten ausgebildet worden. "The scale, quality and length of the training is unprecedented and marks not only a shift in the proxy conflict between the US and Iran inside Afghanistan, but also a potential change in Iran’s ability and will to affect the outcome of the Afghan war. A political adviser to the Taliban at its Quetta Shura headquarters in Pakistan said: 'The Iranian offer of training came with two demands: that we should put more focus on attacking American and Nato interests in Afghanistan, and devote more forces to attacking the Daesh [Isis].'"

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04.06.2018

"Secret files prove Iran is trying to build bomb, claims Israel"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/secret-files-prove-iran-is-trying-to-build-bomb-02qxs8mpc

Israel hat neue Geheimdokumente veröffentlicht, die belegen sollen, dass der Iran die Atomwaffenforschung keineswegs aufgegeben hat. Roger Boyes schreibt, dass damit der Druck auf Europa verstärkt werden soll, um das Atomabkommen mit dem Iran endgültig scheitern zu lassen. "One of the key documents, seen by The Times, is a memorandum that formally hands responsibility for the production of weapons-grade enriched uranium to the Iranian defence ministry. This and other written orders are part of a cache of 100,000 files snatched from a Tehran warehouse by agents of Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, in January. Some of the haul is being made available to the security services of Britain, France and Germany before this week’s trip to Europe by Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister."

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17.04.2018

"Dead Isis fighters left to rot in wreckage of Mosul"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/dead-isis-fighters-are-left-to-rot-in-ruins-of-mosul-cffpckmxg

Neun Monate nach dem Sieg über den IS in Mossul sei von einem Wiederaufbau der irakischen Stadt kaum etwas zu erkennen, berichtet Richard Spencer in seiner Reportage. Selbst die Überreste getöteter IS-Kämpfer seien noch nicht eingesammelt worden. "It is nine months since Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, declared Mosul’s 'liberation', and the bodies are still there. It took four months for Ms Husseini to realise that she would have to do it herself. It was another two before she managed to get council permits. Since they started in January, she and a small team of volunteers have collected 650 corpses from the wreckage of the Old City. She estimates that at least 1,000 remain, an entirely believable figure based on the ranks of collapsed and still unexamined houses, as well as the examples that lie openly in view."

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10.04.2018

"Theresa May under pressure to join strikes on Assad in Syria"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/may-under-pressure-to-join-strikes-on-assad-lmksf7mtp

Wird sich Großbritannien an einem amerikanischen Militärschlag in Syrien beteiligen? Die Times berichtet, dass Offizielle und Berater von Premierministerin May fürchten, im Falle einer britischen Verweigerung politischen Einfluss in Washington zu verlieren. "As Britain prepared options including the use of Tomahawk missiles, senior figures warned that it risked losing influence in Washington to France if it turned down a request by President Trump to join a retaliatory strike. Yesterday Mr Trump promised to respond 'forcefully' to the use of a chemical thought to be chlorine. President Macron of France was said by Whitehall sources to be 'egging on' Mr Trump. They acknowledged that Downing Street had been left embarrassed as Mrs May was still waiting to speak to Mr Trump last night while the two presidents spoke on Sunday — the day after the Douma attack."

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08.04.2018

"Sergei and Yulia Skripal offered new identities with CIA help"

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Der frühere russische Doppelagent Sergei Skripal und seine Tochter Yulia werden mit Hilfe der CIA eine neue Identität erhalten und künftig wohl in den USA leben, berichtet die Sunday Times. "Security sources said Britain would want to ensure their safety by relocating them with one of the 'five eyes' countries, the intelligence-sharing partnership that also includes America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 'The obvious place to resettle them is in America, because they’re less likely to be killed there and it’s easier to protect them there under a new identity,' an intelligence source familiar with the negotiations added."

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23.03.2018

"Russian tech firm Kaspersky Lab exposes America’s anti-jihad mission"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/russian-tech-firm-kaspersky-lab-exposes-america-s-anti-jihad-mis
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Das russische IT-Sicherheitsunternehmen Kaspersky hat seine Kunden vor einer Schadsoftware gewarnt, die offenbar von den USA verbreitet wurde, um islamische Extremisten im Nahen Osten und Nordafrika zu überwachen. Einige Experten halten die Enthüllung nicht für zufällig. "The disclosure that the malware Kaspersky identified was an undercover US defence initiative is likely to arouse suspicions that it was deliberately exposed, although the motive would be unclear as Russia is also attacked by Islamic fundamentalists. Jake Williams, a researcher at Rendition Infosec, an American cybersecurity company, said: 'I would be surprised if Kaspersky and Russian intelligence hadn’t assessed with high confidence that the Slingshot group was the US. I don’t think we can prove the report was released for the purposes of counterintelligence, but if Russian intelligence knew or assessed that Slingshot was the US, outing the group through a third party is certainly Russian modus operandi.'"

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27.02.2018

"Extremists should lose access to their children, says Scotland Yard chief"

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Muslimischen Familien mit extremistischen Überzeugungen sollte in Großbritannien das Sorgerecht für ihre Kinder entzogen werden können, so die Forderung des scheidenden Chefs der Anti-Terror-Abteilung bei Scotland Yard, Mark Rowley. "Mr Rowley, who spoke to reporters before giving his final public speech at the Policy Exchange think tank in London, said: 'We still see cases where parents convicted of terrorist-related offences, including radicalisers, retain care of their own children,' he said. 'If you know parents are interested in sex with children or if you know parents believe that people of their faith or their belief should hate everybody else and grow up to kill people, for me those things are equally wicked environments to expose children to.'"

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08.02.2018

"Pentagon prepares massive onslaught against Taliban"

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Das Pentagon will der kommenden Frühjahrsoffensive der Taliban in Afghanistan in diesem Jahr mit eigenen "massiven" Operationen entgegentreten, berichtet Michael Evans. Einige Politiker und Experten zweifelten allerdings an den Erfolgsaussichten des erneuten Versuchs, die Taliban militärisch in die Knie zu zwingen. "Some of the finest US military brains have put their mind to countering the insurgents — General David Petraeus and General Stanley McChrystal among them. Yet the Taliban appear to be as strong as ever and able to strike in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital city. Much to the surprise of some of his closest advisers, President Trump vowed to have one more go at succeeding where Presidents Obama and George W Bush failed. He was persuaded by the current commander in Kabul, General John Nicholson, and by Jim Mattis, his defence secretary, that it was wrong to abandon Afghanistan, and that a more tailored military strategy, supported by extra troops, more bombers and additional special forces could make the difference."

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07.02.2018

"Isis exploits chaos to hit back in Iraq and Syria"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/isis-exploits-chaos-to-hit-back-in-iraq-and-syria-q8mll7jqm

Die einstigen Verbündeten im Kampf gegen den "Islamischen Staat" in Syrien und Irak bekämpfen sich mittlerweile gegenseitig. Die britische Times berichtet, dass dies von der Terrormiliz für ein "Comeback" genutzt wird. "Islamic State has seized its chance to regroup and launch attacks in Iraq and Syria as sectarian conflicts divide the forces that once fought together to defeat the jihadists. The terrorist group has been launching daily attacks since October, and has returned to fight against the Assad regime in northwestern Syria, from where it was driven out more than two years ago. (...) The terrorist group has been building up its power in Iraq and Syria ever since the Kurdish peshmerga and the Iraqi government’s forces, which were both trained by the US-led coalition and had worked to take territories from Isis, turned their guns on each other in the disputed city of Kirkuk in October."

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09.01.2018

"Syria government forces move in to crush rebel bastion of Idlib"

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Syrische Regierungstruppen haben mit russischer Luftunterstützung eine lange erwartete Offensive gegen die größte verbliebene Rebellenbastion in Idlib begonnen, berichtet Richard Spencer. "Pro-regime forces led by President Assad’s most successful general, Suheil al-Hassan, have already stormed a number of key towns and villages in Idlib province, in the northwest of the country. The general’s 'Tiger Forces' have emerged as the regime’s key strike unit, and troops that were facing Isis in the east have been transferred to the western front. Largely rural and tucked against the Turkish frontier, Idlib province was one of the original strongholds of the revolution against the regime. It is now controlled by a loose coalition of discordant rebel groups dominated by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former al-Qaeda offshoot known as the Nusra Front, and it is unlikely that any outside forces will come to their aid."

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20.12.2017

"Muslim migrants behind rise in antisemitism"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/muslim-migrants-behind-rise-in-antisemitism-rxdsjx2vt

Roger Boyes fordert, dass Europa und insbesondere Deutschland vor dem Antisemitismus vieler arabischer Einwanderer nicht die Augen verschließen dürfe. Bundeskanzlerin Merkel empfiehlt er dabei zwei konkrete Maßnahmen: "Angela Merkel may be confused by the competing need to defend the Jewish community in Germany and the desire to provide shelter to desperate people from the Middle East and other war zones. She cannot, however, duck the difficult choices. Here’s what she should do. First, make the granting of asylum conditional on full vetting of possible antisemitic attitudes. It is astonishing how little screening of refugees has been conducted so far. Second, allow — subject to other strict background checks — young families to join those who have been granted right of residence."

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16.12.2017

"Hundreds of Isis widows trapped in Syria as caliphate falls"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/hundreds-of-isis-widows-trapped-in-syria-as-caliphate-falls-8hxb
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In Syrien gebe es heute "hunderte" Frauen und Kinder getöteter IS-Kämpfer, deren Zukunft bisher ungeklärt sei, berichtet Anthony Loyd aus der syrischen Stadt Ain Issa. "Some countries have stepped forward to facilitate the repatriation of these foreign fighter families in what is essentially an international problem rather than a Syrian one. Yet many of the families themselves have not expressed any desire to return home. 'There is no established system or process to repatriate these foreign families from Syria, just a series of ad hoc efforts, sometimes by individual nations but more often the personal initiative by relatives of the families living abroad,' said Nadim Houry, director of Human Rights Watch’s terrorism and counterterrorism programme. 'It’s very confused. Many countries show no appetite at all to even engage with the issue.'"

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06.12.2017

"Security services thwart 'Islamist plot to kill PM'"

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Britischen Sicherheitskräften ist es offenbar gelungen, einen islamistischen Terroranschlag auf Premierministerin May zu verhindern. "Theresa May is understood to have been the focus of a suspected plot in which an Islamic State-inspired terrorist aimed to detonate a bomb outside No 10. The plan allegedly involved a knife attack on the Tory leader during the chaos after the bomb, sources said. It is one of nine alleged terror plots to have been thwarted since the Westminster Bridge attack in March and comes after Andrew Parker, head of MI5, warned of an unprecedented terror threat."

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05.12.2017

"Surge of Isis fighters set to hit Europe, Turkey warns"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/world/surge-of-isis-fighters-set-to-hit-europe-turkey-warns-75tssb2kv

Die Türkei wirft der kurdischen Miliz YPG und den USA vor, hunderten IS-Kämpfern die Flucht aus Syrien ermöglicht zu haben. Viele der Extremisten seien auf Schmuggelpfaden in die Türkei gelangt und könnten nun unter falscher Identität weiter nach Europa reisen. "In an exclusive interview with The Times, one of those arrested said that hundreds of Isis fighters had exploited the well-established smuggling routes into Turkey. Saddam al-Hamadi, 26, said: 'I took advantage of that movement during the evacuation deal to get to Turkey. Lots of people were doing it, around half of them fighters and half of them civilians. It was an easy route to cross. Even if the YPG [the western-backed Syrian Kurdish militia] catch you, you will be held for ten or 15 days and then released.' His testimony adds to fears that Isis fighters who were allowed to leave Raqqa are now heading back to Europe to launch attacks."

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13.11.2017

"Nato must stop growing if it wants to survive"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/nato-must-stop-growing-if-itwants-tosurvive-bh230sgdb

Roger Boyes empfiehlt der NATO in seinem Kommentar für die britische Times, angesichts der Herausforderungen durch die Türkei und Russland die seit 1991 verfolgte Erweiterungsstrategie aufzugeben. "The only way to stop the rot is for Nato to speak clearly to its challengers. To Erdogan, it should say that membership means respecting the contours of alliance policy. (...) The correct response to Putin, then, is a paradoxical one. It is to take seriously his fear of encirclement and end the process of Nato enlargement. To do so might appear to be handing Putin a gift, even acknowledging that he has some kind of sphere of interest. (...) Suspending all future Nato expansion is a way of adapting the institution to real-world dilemmas. It doesn’t mean shelving rigorous sanctions policies against Putin, and it doesn’t mean we should recognise his illegal annexation of Crimea. We have to resist his attempts to drive the US and Europe apart; that hits at the essence of Nato. But we have to accept a stark truth: an alliance of 29 members is close to breaking point."

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23.10.2017

"Killing British jihadists 'is only option', says Rory Stewart"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/killing-british-jihadists-is-only-option-says-rory-stewart-hf3bwh
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Ein Staatssekretär des britischen Außenministeriums hat klargestellt, dass britische Mitglieder des "Islamischen Staates" in Syrien und Irak aus Sicht der Regierung in London getötet werden sollten. "Nearly all Britons who join Islamic State should be killed, the government made clear yesterday in a significant toughening of its line. Rory Stewart, a Foreign Office minister, confirmed a policy that could result in hundreds of British jihadist volunteers in Syria facing death rather than being spared to be put through the courts or stripped of citizenship. (...) The stance contrasts with that of Max Hill, QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, who said last week that returning Isis volunteers could be rehabilitated because they had been naive to go to Syria."

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Europa, Asien, Afrika, Amerika und weltweite Phänomene und Institutionen. Die bpb bietet ein breites Angebot zu internationalen Themen.

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Informationsportal Krieg und Frieden

Wo gibt es Kriege und Gewaltkonflikte? Und wo herrscht am längsten Frieden? Welches Land gibt am meisten für Rüstung aus? Sicherheitspolitik.bpb.de liefert wichtige Daten und Fakten zu Krieg und Frieden.

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Innerstaatliche Konflikte

Vom Kosovo nach Kolumbien, von Somalia nach Süd-Thailand: Weltweit schwelen über 280 politische Konflikte. Und immer wieder droht die Lage gewaltsam zu eskalieren.

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Zahlen und Fakten

Globalisierung

Kaum ein Thema wird so intensiv und kontrovers diskutiert wie die Globalisierung. "Zahlen und Fakten" liefert Grafiken, Texte und Tabellen zu einem der wichtigsten und vielschichtigsten Prozesse der Gegenwart.

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Publikationen zum Thema

Coverbild Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert

Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert

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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