US-Soldaten in Afghanistan

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02.05.2021

"Turkish police say top Islamic State group figure captured"

https://apnews.com/article/islamic-state-group-europe-middle-east-government-and-politics-4171dd0f7469caf
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Nach türkischen Polizeiangaben sei ein hochrangiger Unterstützer von Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, dem 2019 getöteten Anführer des sogenannten "Islamischen Staats", in Istanbul festgenommen worden, informiert The Associated Press. "The Afghan national, only identified by the codename Basim, was detained in the Atasehir district on the city's Asian side on Wednesday, according to an Istanbul police statement. News reports of the joint operation with Turkey's intelligence agency said the suspect had been involved in helping hide al-Baghdadi in Syria's Idlib province after the fall of the group in 2019."

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28.04.2021

"US Navy fires warning shots in new tense encounter with Iran"

https://apnews.com/article/iran-government-and-politics-persian-gulf-tensions-middle-east-cc139f729c3b6a3
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Ein US-Marineschiff habe im Persischen Meer Warnschüsse in Richtung dreier Boote der iranischen Revolutionsgarde abgefeuert, berichtet Jon Gambrell. "The Navy said the Cyclone-class patrol ship USS Firebolt fired the warning shots after three fast-attack Guard vessels came within 68 yards (62 meters) of it and the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat USCGC Baranoff. 'The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio and loud-hailer devices, but the (Guard) vessels continued their close range maneuvers,' said Cmdr. Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the Mideast-based 5th Fleet. 'The crew of Firebolt then fired warning shots, and the (Guard) vessels moved away to a safe distance from the U.S. vessels.'"

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21.04.2021

"Facebook says it halts hackers tied to Palestinian security"

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Facebook habe die Zerschlagung eines Hacker-Netzwerks mitgeteilt, schreibt Josef Federman. Dieses soll vom Geheimdienst des palästinensischen Präsidenten Mahmoud Abbas genutzt worden sein, um Medienschaffende, Oppositionelle sowie Menschenrechtsaktivistinnen und -aktivisten zu überwachen. "In its report, Facebook said that elements linked to the Preventive Security Service 'used fake and compromised accounts to create fictitious personas.' Posing as young women, journalists and political activists, they then sought 'to build trust with people they targeted and trick them into installing malicious software.' The malware, disguised as chat applications, would give the security agency access to targets' phones, including contacts, text messages, locations and even keystrokes, Facebook said. It said the ring, based in the West Bank, targeted people in the Palestinian territories and Syria, and to a lesser extent in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Libya."

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19.04.2021

"Russia says its airstrike in Syria killed 200 militants"

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Nach Angaben des russischen Militärs seien bei einem Luftangriff im Osten Syriens etwa 200 Aufständische getötet worden, informiert The Associated Press. "Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, the head of the Russian military's Reconciliation Center in Syria, said Russian warplanes hit two militant hideouts northeast of Palmyra. (…) He said the militants' base had served as a staging ground for terror attacks across Syria."

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08.04.2021

"Biden to unveil actions on guns, including new ATF boss"

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-gun-politics-gun-violence-violence-edc7a2c8dc505915a8ad841616d40ebe

Mit Durchführungsverordnungen plane US-Präsident Joe Biden, den Kauf von Waffen in den Vereinigten Staaten stärker zu regulieren, melden Michael Balsamo, Alexandra Jaffe und Aamer Madhani. "Biden is expected to announce tighter regulations requiring buyers of so-called 'ghost guns' to undergo background checks. The homemade firearms - often assembled from parts and milled with a metal-cutting machine - often lack serial numbers used to trace them. (…) The president will also announce investments in community violence intervention programs, which are aimed at reducing gun violence in urban communities, across five federal agencies."

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07.04.2021

"'All options open': Egypt warns Ethiopia amid dam deadlock"

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Ägyptens Präsident Abdel Fatah El-Sisi habe Äthiopien gewarnt, er werde eine Verringerung des ägyptischen Anteils am Wasser des Nils nicht tolerieren, berichtet Samy Magdy. "The warning (…) came after the latest round of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over sharing the water failed to make progress. The three nations are deadlocked in a yearslong dispute over a giant dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River's main tributary. Egypt and Sudan argue that Ethiopia's plan to add 13.5 billion cubic meters of water in 2021 to the dam's reservoir on the Blue Nile is a threat to them. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi said in televised comments that 'all options are open' should Egypt's share be 'touched.' He urged Addis Ababa to cooperate with Cairo and Khartoum to avert sliding into conflict."

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18.01.2021

"Russia ready for quick extension of last arms pact with US"

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Russland hat sich vor dem Machtwechsel im Weißen Haus grundsätzlich zu einer schnellen Verlängerung des New-START-Abkommens bereit erklärt. "Moscow is ready for a quick deal with the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to extend the last remaining arms control pact, which expires in just over two weeks, Russia’s top diplomat said Monday. Months of talks between Russia and President Donald Trump’s administration on the possible extension of the New START treaty have failed to narrow their differences. The pact is set to expire on Feb. 5. Biden has spoken in favor of the preservation of the New START treaty, which was negotiated during his tenure as U.S. vice president, and Russia has said it’s open for its quick and unconditional extension."

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18.01.2021

"FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack"

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Das FBI will nach dem Sturm auf das US-Kapitol alle 25.000 Soldaten der US-Nationalgarde unter die Lupe nehmen, die derzeit in Washington zur Absicherung der Vereidigungszeremonie für Joe Biden stationiert sind. "U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event. The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance."

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13.10.2020

"Belarus opposition leader threatens nationwide strike"

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Die weißrussische Oppositionsführerin Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya hat Präsident Lukaschenko mit einem landesweiten Generalstreik gedroht. "'On Oct. 26, a national strike of all enterprises will begin, all roads will be blocked, sales in state-owned stores will collapse. You have 13 days to fulfil three conditions. We have 13 days to prepare, and in the meantime Belarusians will continue their peaceful and persistent protest,' the statement said. Belarus has been rocked by mass protests since Aug. 9, when results of a presidential election reportedly handed President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office. Tsikhanouskaya, who officials claim got only 10% of the vote, and her supporters refused to recognize the results as valid, saying they were riddled with fraud. The European Union and the United States have also refused to recognize the official results of the vote."

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21.05.2018

"Watchdog says US strategy in Afghanistan shows little result"

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Die von US-Präsident Trump angeordnete neue Afghanistan-Strategie hat einem neuen Kongressbericht zufolge bisher nicht zum Erfolg geführt. "The Trump administration’s revamped Afghanistan strategy has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, leaving the country a 'dangerous and volatile' place nearly 17 years after the U.S. invaded, a government watchdog report said Monday. The conclusion contrasts with assertions last fall by the American military that the Afghans, with U.S. support, had 'turned the corner' and captured momentum against the Taliban, which it called fractured and desperate. The report to Congress by inspectors general of the Pentagon, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development also cast doubt on the administration’s decision to send a new set of military advisers this year to work with Afghan forces closer to the front lines. It said this, combined with stepped-up Afghan offensives, 'further raises the risk of civilian casualties, insider attacks, U.S. casualties, and other conflict-related violence.'"

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03.10.2017

"AP sources: US spies in Havana hit by bizarre health attacks"

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Die bislang ungeklärten Schall-Angriffe auf die US-Botschaft in Havanna könnten sich der Associated Press zufolge gegen das Spionagenetzwerk der USA in Kuba gerichtet haben. "Behind the scenes (...) investigators immediately started searching for explanations in the darker, rougher world of spycraft and counterespionage, given that so many of the first reported cases involved intelligence workers posted to the U.S. embassy. That revelation, confirmed to the AP by a half-dozen officials, adds yet another element of mystery to a year-long saga that the Trump administration says may not be over. (...) The first disturbing reports of piercing, high-pitched noises and inexplicable ailments pointed to someone deliberately targeting the U.S. government’s intelligence network on the communist-run island, in what seemed like a bone-chilling escalation of the tit-for-tat spy games that Washington and Havana have waged over the last half century."

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