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"German caution on arms to Ukraine rooted in history, energy"

Frank Jordans skizziert, weshalb Deutschland Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine bislang ablehne: "Experts say Germany's position is partly rooted in its inglorious history of aggression during the 20th century. 'There's the obvious legacy of Germany's own militarization in Europe during two world wars that has led many German leaders to view any military response as the last resort,' said Rachel Ellehuus, deputy director of the Europe, Russia and Eurasia program at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies."

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"IS gunmen mount deadly attacks in Syria, Iraq; dozens killed"

Im Irak und in Syrien seien bei mehreren Angriffen des sogenannten "Islamischen Staates" (IS) dutzende Menschen getötet worden, schreiben Qassim Abdul-Zahra und Sarah El Deeb. "The separate attacks are believed to be some of the largest since IS lost the final sliver of territory it held nearly three years ago. (…) In Iraq, IS gunmen attacked an army barracks in a mountainous area north of Baghdad early Friday, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, the Iraqi military and security officials said. (…) In Syria, more than 100 IS fighters using heavy machine guns and vehicles rigged with explosives attacked the Gweiran Prison in the northeastern city of Hassakeh where some 3,000 suspected IS militants are being held, according to a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Farhad Shami."

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"UAE envoy: Yemen's Houthis used missiles in Abu Dhabi attack"

Dem Botschafter der Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate in den USA, Yousef Al-Otaiba, zufolge hätten die jemenitischen Huthis bei ihrem Angriff auf Abu Dhabi am vergangenen Montag neben Drohnen auch Marschflugkörper und ballistische Raketen eingesetzt, bemerken Aya Batrawy und Malak Harb. "'Several were intercepted, a few of them didn't and three innocent civilians unfortunately lost their lives,' he added in remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Jewish Institute for National Security of America. (…) Gulf Arab states, as well as the U.S., U.N. experts and others have previously accused Iran of supplying arms to the Houthis, a charge that Tehran denies."

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"Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi kills 3, wounds 6"

In Abu Dhabi seien bei einem mutmaßlichen Drohnenangriff mindestens drei Personen getötet worden, bemerkt Aya Batrawy. "A possible drone attack may have sparked an explosion that struck three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and another fire at an extension of Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday that killed three people and wounded six, police said. (…) While Abu Dhabi police did not immediately offer any suspects for the possible assault, Yemen's Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the United Arab Emirates, without elaborating."

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"Russia's talk of troops in Latin America called 'bluster'"

Russlands Vize-Außenminister Sergej Rjabkow habe für den Fall einer Eskalation der Spannungen mit den USA eine Entsendung russischer Truppen nach Kuba und Venezuela nicht ausgeschlossen, berichten Vladimir Isachenkov und Matthew Lee. "Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said he could 'neither confirm nor exclude' the possibility of Russia sending military assets to Latin America if the U.S. and its allies don't curtail their military activities on Russia's doorstep. (…) U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan dismissed the statements about a possible Russian deployment to Cuba and Venezuela as 'bluster in the public commentary.'"

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"US hits NKorean officials with sanctions after missile test"

In Reaktion auf Nordkoreas jüngsten Raketentest habe die US-Regierung Sanktionen gegen fünf nordkoreanische Beamte verhängt, meldet The Associated Press. "The Treasury Department said it was imposing penalties on the five officials over their roles in obtaining equipment and technology for the North's missile programs. In addition, the State Department ordered sanctions against another North Korean, a Russian man and a Russian company for their broader support of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction activities."

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"Car bomb hits outside Mogadishu airport in Somalia; 8 killed"

Vor dem Flughafen der somalischen Hauptstadt Mogadischu sei am Mittwoch eine Autobombe explodiert, durch die mindestens acht Personen getötet worden sein sollen, meldet Hassan Barise. "The al-Shabab extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was targeting 'white officials' passing by. (…) The international airport hosts the U.S. Embassy, among other diplomatic offices."

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"N. Korea fires possible missile into sea amid stalled talks"

Nordkorea soll am Dienstag erneut eine mutmaßlich ballistische Rakete abgefeuert haben, bemerkt Kim Tong-Hyung. "South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired what likely was a ballistic missile from the area of its northern Jagang province. It said the weapon flew 700 kilometers (434 miles) at a maximum speed of around Mach 10 before landing in waters off its eastern coast, demonstrating a more advanced capability than North Korea's launch last week. (…) The launch came six days after North Korea fired a missile into the sea in what it described as a successful test of a hypersonic missile."

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"US, Russia meet for talks amid tensions linked to Ukraine"

Vertreterinnen und Vertreter Russlands und der USA seien am Montag zu Sicherheitsgesprächen in Genf zusammengekommen, berichten Jamey Keaten und Konstantin Manenkov. "Senior U.S. and Russian officials launched special talks Monday aimed at defusing tensions over a Russian military buildup on the border with Ukraine, part of a flurry of diplomatic activity in Europe this week. (…) After an informal working dinner Sunday, [Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei] Ryabkov predicted 'difficult' talks in Geneva that are to be followed by a NATO-Russia meeting in Brussels on Wednesday and a meeting Thursday in Vienna of the multilateral Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe."

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"UN: Airstrike in Ethiopia kills 3 refugees, including kids"

Bei einem Luftangriff seien nach Angaben des Flüchtlingshilfswerks der Vereinten Nationen in der äthiopischen Region Tigray drei eritreische Geflüchtete, darunter zwei Kinder, getötet worden, so The Associated Press. "A statement the agency issued overnight did not say who carried out the airstrike that hit the Mai Aini camp on Wednesday. Ethiopia's military has conducted several deadly airstrikes in Tigray in recent months, while Tigray ground forces earlier in the conflict attacked some Eritreans in refugee camps."

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"NKorea claims second successful test of hypersonic missile"

Nordkorea habe eigenen Angaben zufolge erneut erfolgreich eine Hyperschallrakete getestet, beobachtet Hyung-Jin Kim. "Wednesday's launch, the North's first known weapons test in about two months, indicates the country will press ahead with plans to modernize its nuclear and missile arsenals rather than return to disarmament talks anytime soon. (…) Hypersonic weapons, which fly at speeds in excess of Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, could pose crucial challenges to missile defense systems because of their speed and maneuverability."

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"North Korea fires ballistic missile, in 1st test in 2 months"

Nordkorea soll erneut eine ballistische Rakete getestet haben, bemerkt Hyung-Jin Kim. "The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the ballistic missile launch 'highlights the destabilizing impact of (North Korea's) illicit weapons program' but didn't pose an immediate threat to U.S. territory or its allies. (…) South Korea's military said a suspected ballistic missile fired from North Korea's mountainous northern Jagang province flew toward its eastern waters."

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"NATO to hold foreign ministers meeting over Ukraine"

Die NATO habe angekündigt, dass die Außenministerinnen und -minister der Mitgliedsstaaten des transatlantischen Bündnisses noch in dieser Woche ein virtuelles Treffen abhalten würden, um über die Situation in der Ukraine zu sprechen, bemerkt The Associated Press. "The extraordinary meeting of the alliance members on Friday will kick off a week of intense diplomacy over the military buildup on Ukraine's borders and initiatives to ease the tension between the Cold War foes."

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"Nkorea's Kim vows to boost military, maintain virus curbs"

Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong-un habe angekündigt, die militärischen Fähigkeiten seines Landes weiter auszubauen, erläutert Hyung-Jin Kim. "A state media report on Kim's speech at the five-day plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party didn't carry any specific comments on dealings with the United States and South Korea. Some experts say this implies Kim has no interest in resuming talks with Washington and Seoul anytime soon and would rather keep his country's borders closed while seeking a stronger self-reliant economy to overcome pandemic-related difficulties. 'The increasingly unstable military environment on the Korean Peninsula and international politics have instigated calls to vigorously push forward with our national defense build-up plans without any delay,' Kim was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency."

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"Ex-intel chief confirms Israel's role in Soleimani killing"

Israel sei nach Aussage des ehemaligen Chefs des israelischen Militärgeheimdienstes, Major General Tamir Heyman, an dem US-Luftangriff beteiligt gewesen, bei dem der iranische General Qasem Soleimani im Januar 2020 getötet worden sei, meldet The Associated Press. "Heyman's comments were published in the November issue of a Hebrew-language magazine closely affiliated with Israel's intelligence services. (…) The authors wrote that Heyman opened the interview by talking about the American airstrike that killed Soleimani, but in which Israeli intelligence played a part. (…) Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria in the past decade, but rarely publicly comments on them."

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"Iran's Revolutionary Guard holds military drill amid tension"

Die iranischen Revolutionsgarden hätten dem Staatsfernsehen des Landes zufolge am Montag eine groß angelegte Militärübung im Süden Irans begonnen, meldet The Associated Press. "The Guard's aerospace division, ground troops and naval forces joined in the five-day drill, the report said, with maritime forces set to maneuver in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the narrow gateway for 20% of the world's traded oil."

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"A fragile partnership in Iraq tries to prevent IS revival"

Um ein Wiedererstarken des sogenannten "Islamischen Staates" (IS) zu verhindern, würde die Zentralregierung in Bagdad mit irakischen Kurdinnen und Kurden zusammenarbeiten, beobachtet Samya Kullab. "Whether the fragile security partnership can hold is the big test in the next chapter of Iraq's war with IS. Both sides say they need the Americans to help keep it together - and they say that is one reason why the U.S. military presence in Iraq is not going away even as its combat mission officially ends on Dec. 31."

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"The AP Interview: Karzai 'invited' Taliban to stop chaos"

Im Gespräch mit The Associated Press blickt der ehemalige afghanische Präsident Hamid Karzai zurück auf die Machtübernahme der Taliban in Kabul, bemerkt Kathy Gannon. "Karzai was adamant that there would have been an agreement for a peaceful transition had Ghani remained in Kabul. 'Absolutely. Absolutely. That is what we were preparing for, what we were hoping (along) with the chairman of the peace council to go to Doha that evening, or the next morning, and to finalize the agreement,' he said. 'And I believe the Taliban leaders were also waiting for us in Doha for the same ... objective, for the same purpose.' Today, Karzai meets regularly with the Taliban leadership and says the world must engage with them."

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"Blinken vows more US military might in Indo-Pacific"

US-Außenminister Antony Blinken habe den Ausbau der militärischen und wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen seines Landes zu Partnerstaaten in Asien angekündigt, bemerkt Matthew Lee. "The United States will expand its military and economic relationships with partners in Asia to push back against China's increasing assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday. Blinken said the Biden administration is committed to maintaining peace and prosperity in the region and will do that by boosting U.S. alliances, forging new relationships and ensuring that the U.S. military maintains 'its competitive edge.' (…) That will include linking U.S. and Asian defense industries, integrating supply chains and cooperating on technological innovation, he said."

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"The AP Interview: Taliban seek ties with US, other ex-foes"

Nach Aussage von Amir Khan Muttaqi, dem Außenminister der Taliban in Afghanistan, strebe seine Regierung gute Beziehungen zu allen Staaten an, erläutert Kathy Gannon. "He urged Washington and other nations to release upward of $10 billion in funds that were frozen when the Taliban took power Aug. 15, following a rapid military sweep across Afghanistan and the sudden, secret flight of U.S.-backed President Ashraf Ghani. (…) Muttaqi said he does not envision cooperating with the U.S. in the battle against the Islamic State group. However, he did express hope that with time, 'America will slowly, slowly change its policy toward Afghanistan' as it sees evidence that a Taliban-ruled country able to stand on its own is a benefit to America."

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"Armenia, Azerbaijan trade blame for border clashes"

An der Grenze zwischen Aserbaidschan und Armenien soll es erneut zu einem Schusswechsel gekommen sein, so The Associated Press. "Armenia and Azerbaijan on Thursday traded blame for border clashes in which officials say at least one soldier was killed and two others were wounded amid simmering tensions between the ex-Soviet neighbors. Armenia's military said that two of its troops were wounded after Azerbaijani forces opened fire on Armenian positions, while Azerbaijan said Armenian forces killed one of its soldiers in what it called 'a provocation.'"

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"US orders arms embargo on Cambodia, cites Chinese influence"

Die USA hätten ein Waffenembargo gegen Kambodscha verhängt, erläutert Elaine Kurtenbach. "The U.S. has ordered an arms embargo on Cambodia, citing deepening Chinese military influence, corruption and human rights abuses by the government and armed forces in the Southeast Asian country. The added restrictions on defense-related goods and services, issued by the State and Commerce departments, are due to be published and take effect Thursday."

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"EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?"

Vladimir Isachenkov skizziert die Hintergründe der aktuellen Spannungen zwischen Russland und der Ukraine: "A 2015 peace agreement brokered by France and Germany helped end large-scale battles, but efforts to reach a political settlement have failed, and sporadic skirmishes have continued along the tense line of contact. (…) The Kremlin has accused Ukraine of failing to honor the 2015 peace deal and criticized the West for failing to encourage Ukrainian compliance. (…) Ukraine, in turn, has pointed to cease-fire violations by Russia-backed separatists and insists there is a continuing Russian troop presence in the rebel east despite the Kremlin's denials."

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"Report: IS attack on Iraqi village leaves 12 dead"

Bei einem Angriff des "Islamischen Staates" (IS) auf ein nordirakisches Dorf seien mindestens zwölf Personen getötet worden, meldet The Associated Press. "The attack took place late Thursday in a village in the Makhmour region, triggering a confrontation with Kurdish peshmerga forces. Among the dead were nine peshmerga and three civilians, private broadcaster Rudaw said on its website. (…) Makhmour is located across a band of disputed territory in northern Iraq where IS militants have exploited security gaps to launch attacks."

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"AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world"

Laut Recherchen von The Associated Press seien in den vergangenen zehn Jahren beim US-Militär größere Mengen Sprengstoff gestohlen worden, stellen Kristin Hall, Justin Pritchard und James Laporta fest. "Troops falsified records to cover up some thefts, and in other cases didn't report explosives as missing, investigative files show. Sometimes, they failed to safeguard explosives in the first place. The consequences can be deadly. (…) Explosives have been found in homes and storage units, inside military barracks and alongside roads, even at a US-Mexico border checkpoint."

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"Putin warns West: Moscow has 'red line' about Ukraine, NATO"

Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin habe die NATO davor gewarnt, Waffen oder eigene Truppen in die Ukraine zu entsenden, bemerkt Vladimir Isachenkov. "Commenting on Western concerns about Russia's alleged intention to invade Ukraine, he said that Moscow is equally worried about NATO drills near its borders. (…) He expressed concern that NATO could eventually use the Ukrainian territory to deploy missiles capable of reaching Moscow in just five minutes. 'The emergence of such threats represents a 'red line' for us,' Putin said. 'I hope that it will not get to that and common sense and responsibility for their own countries and the global community will eventually prevail.'"

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"Russian navy test-fires hypersonic missile in the White Sea"

Russlands Marine habe erfolgreich eine Hyperschallrakete getestet, meldet The Associated Press. "The Defense Ministry said the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile, hitting a practice target 400 kilometers (215 nautical miles) away. (…) Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines."

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"Iran nuclear talks to resume in Vienna amid muted hopes"

Kiyoko Metzler berichtet über die Wiederaufnahme der Verhandlungen zur Wiederbelebung der Nuklearvereinbarung mit Iran von 2015 am Montag in Wien: "The remaining signatories to the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain - will convene at the Palais Coburg, the luxury hotel where the agreement was signed six years ago. (…) President Joe Biden has signaled that he wants to rejoin the deal. (…) A delegation appointed by new President Ebrahim Raisi is joining the negotiations for the first time. Iran has made maximalist demands, including calls for the U.S. to unfreeze $10 billion in assets as an initial goodwill gesture, a tough line that might be an opening gambit."

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"Mexico's drug war uses drones, human shields, gunships"

Mark Stevenson schildert die Vorgehensweise des Jalisco-Kartells in Mexiko: "The Mexican government is rapidly running out of tools to control the expansion of the feared Jalisco cartel on the front lines of Mexico's narco war in the western state of Michoacan and the stalled ground effort is being supplemented by an increasingly sophisticated aerial conflict. Jalisco, Mexico's most militarily powerful drug gang, has begun organizing townspeople to act as human shields against army troops, which now just try to keep rival cartels apart. (…) Locals also claim - though there is little evidence beyond a few craters in roads - that the cartels are starting to use land mines."

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