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30.07.2017

"How Russia Could Intervene in a Venezuelan Civil War"

https://warisboring.com/how-russia-could-intervene-in-a-venezuelan-civil-war/

Das politische Chaos in Venezuela bedrohe den engsten Verbündeten Russlands in der westlichen Hemisphäre, schreibt Robert Beckhusen. In einem russischen Militärmagazin seien nun Überlegungen angestellt worden, wie Moskau die Regierung in Caracas im Fall eines offenen Bürgerkrieges oder einer "Farbrevolution" unterstützen könnte. "(...) because Russia’s ability to intervene is limited, unlike Syria, 'it is in our best interest to assist the current leadership of the country … by carrying out feasible assistance of the broadest spectrum.' The VPK article states the best way for the Kremlin to accomplish this is by strengthening relations with the ALBA states — a coalition of left-leaning states in the Western Hemisphere, although that alliance’s influence has waned. Secondly, Russia should provide military-intelligence aid for Venezuelan counter-insurgents. 'In addition, it is in our power to find common ground with leftist groups to use them in a proxy mode on the side of the legitimate government of Venezuela.'"

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12.06.2017

"No, Israel Wasn’t Fighting for Its Existence in 1967"

https://warisboring.com/no-israel-wasnt-fighting-for-its-existence-in-1967/

Tom Cooper widerspricht der gängigen Meinung, dass der Sechstagekrieg von 1967 ein notwendiger Präventivkrieg Israels gewesen sei, das um seine Existenz gekämpft habe. Er präsentiert Belege und Aussagen, die stattdessen darauf hindeuten, dass Israel den Krieg gewollt und mit geplanten Operationen provoziert habe. "More recently, Israeli scholars have revealed the extent of Israeli preparations for war, making it clear that what were ostensibly Israeli reactions to Syrian attacks were, in fact, pre-planned operations. In other words, it was Israel’s intention all along to invade and occupy the Golan. Thus Israel bears much of the responsibility for instigating the Six Day War. 'In June 1967, we again had a choice,' said Menachem Begin, Israeli prime minister from 1977 to 1983. 'We must be honest to ourselves. We decided to attack.' (...) While there’s no doubt that the Arabs wanted to destroy Israel, the fact is that Arab militaries didn’t even possess a plan for an all-out offensive against the young country — and, anyway, lacked the forces to carry out any such plan. 'There was no danger of annihilation,' said Chaim Herzog, the first military governor of the occupied West Bank following the 1967 war. 'Israeli headquarters never believed in this danger.'"

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10.06.2017

"Sevastopol’s Soviet Defenders Helped Save Stalingrad"

https://warisboring.com/sevastopols-red-army-defenders-helped-save-stalingrad/

In seinem historischen Rückblick auf die Schlacht sowjetischer und deutscher Truppen um Sewastopol im Jahr 1942 hebt Robert Beckhusen hervor, welch große militärische und symbolische Bedeutung die Krim für Russland bis heute habe. "This legacy played an important role in the Russian invasion and annexation of Crimea in 2014. Which is unfortunate for the United States and the European Union, which imposed economic sanctions on Russia in response. It’s a negative for Ukraine, which lost an important port while descending into an intractable war with Russian-backed forces in the Donbass. It might be possible to convince the Kremlin to give up eastern Ukraine. However, it’s far-fetched to believe Russia will ever give up Crimea and Sevastopol. The location is too historically symbolic and militarily important for Russia to abandon it without a fight."

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08.06.2017

"The Qatari Military Is Terribly Outgunned"

https://warisboring.com/the-qatari-military-is-terribly-outgunned/

Robert Beckhusen stellt nüchtern fest, dass eine Grenzblockade, wie sie aktuell von den Golfstaaten gegenüber Katar betrieben wird, in der Vergangenheit Kriege ausgelöst habe. Im Falle einer militärischen Eskalation der Krise wäre das Militär Katars allerdings hoffnungslos unterlegen, so Beckhusen. "As of 2016, the Gulf kingdom possessed a mere 18 combat-capable planes including 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets, supplied by France. (...) The Qatari navy is built around seven fast-attack boats (...). Qatar’s largest military branch, the army, has only 8,500 troops out of the 11,800 military service members in the country. The kingdom’s one armored brigade has 30 French-made AMX-30 tanks, a design dating to the 1960s. In late 2016, Qatar began receiving modern Leopard 2A7 tanks from Germany — 16 of which the army recently pulled out of storage, according to CNN Arabic. (...) Much more numerous are Qatar’s mechanized infantry and combat support units, which possess more than 300 armored scout vehicles, troop transports and armored cars — French as well — along with at least 91 artillery pieces of various calibers. (...) That’s most of what Qatar has to physically resist Saudi Arabia, which has one of the largest and best-equipped military forces in the Middle East. The Saudi army alone is an order of magnitude bigger than Qatar’s, and this is all worth noting because Saudi Arabia has launched interventions into and invaded its neighbors in the past."

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06.06.2017

"America’s Iran Hysteria"

https://warisboring.com/americas-iran-hysteria/

Major Danny Sjursen, der für die U.S. Army als Strategieexperte tätig ist, kritisiert in diesem Beitrag die allgemeine Feindseligkeit vieler US-Politiker gegenüber Iran. Es sei einfach falsch zu behaupten, dass der Iran hinter allen Problemen im Nahen Osten stecke. "In a Washington filled with Iranophobes, the demonization of that country is already a commonplace of everyday political chatter and it almost invariably rests on three inflated assumptions about Iran’s menacing nature. That it is on an eternal quest to develop and perhaps employ nuclear weapons, especially against Israel. That it massively supports regional 'terrorists' and their proxies. That it regularly exhibits an unquenchable desire to establish its regional hegemony by force of arms. All three suppositions rest on another faulty assumption: that Iran has a straightforwardly dictatorial system of fundamentalism led by irrational 'mad mullahs.' (...) U.S. policy in the Middle East is confused, contradictory, counterproductive and dangerous. It could leave Washington involved in a war with Iran. And given our recent wars in the region, imagine where that’s likely to land us."

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31.05.2017

"The Pentagon Is Still Worried About Climate Change"

https://warisboring.com/the-pentagon-is-still-worried-about-climate-change/

Während US-Präsident Trump überlegt, aus dem Pariser Klimaabkommen auszusteigen, wird der Klimawandel Kevin Knodell zufolge im Pentagon immer noch als ernstes Problem wahrgenommen. "The seemingly hostile attitude of members of the current U.S. government toward climate and environmental science has made many researchers and ecologists nervous. But the U.S. military - which Trump has promised to lavish with more funding and resources - has for years explored alternative energy sources and studied how pollution, environmental degradation and climate change can harm service members, affect military operations and contribute to new conflicts around the world. That will likely continue under Mattis’ leadership. For the military, it’s not about saving the whales - it’s about preparing for the wars of the future."

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26.05.2017

"These Are the States and Armed Groups That Use Rape as a Weapon"

https://warisboring.com/these-are-the-states-and-armed-groups-that-use-rape-as-a-weapon/

In vielen Kriegsgebieten werde sexuelle Gewalt heute gezielt als Waffe eingesetzt, schreibt Sebastien Roblin anlässlich der Veröffentlichung eines neuen UN-Berichts zum Thema. "(...) the United Nations report offers a vital look at inhumane acts occurring in wars throughout the world. However, it focuses on weak or pariah states and non-state actors, while failing to investigate sexual violence perpetrated by stronger national governments. War Is Boring has taken a look at who’s on the list for which reasons. Readers should be advised that the U.N. report and this article includes disturbing personal accounts of war atrocities."

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20.05.2017

"Saudi Arabia Can’t Win Its Own Battles"

https://warisboring.com/saudi-arabia-cant-win-its-own-battles/

Bislang sei Saudi-Arabien offensichtlich nicht in der Lage, seine Kriege ohne tatkräftige Unterstützung durch Verbündete zu gewinnen, stellt Paul Iddon fest. Selbst bei der Verteidigung der eigenen Grenzen habe das Königreich um pakistanische Unterstützung gebeten. "The Gulf States, of course, possess infantry and armored forces. In the Saudi case, these forces—at best—serve in a defensive role and are incapable of projecting significant power beyond the kingdom’s lengthy borders. This has long been the case. (...) Recent talks between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan over the deployment of a brigade of Pakistani soldiers to defend the Saudi-Yemeni border from Houthi attacks raises further questions about the ability of the Saudi army to effectively defend the kingdom’s borders. (...) Saudi Arabia buys all of its air and armored hardware, often at inflated prices, from the United States and Europe. (...) 'The question is whether a state like Saudi Arabia can assert military dominance on the regional scale based on imported arms, while its nemesis Iran has achieved remarkable self-sufficiency in armaments,' Mohammed Nuruzzaman observed in The National Interest."

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11.05.2017

"Israel Will Try to Smash Hezbollah If There’s Another War"

https://warisboring.com/israel-will-try-to-smash-hezbollah-if-theres-another-war/

Sollte es nach den Kämpfen von 2006 erneut zu einem offenen Krieg zwischen Israel und der Hisbollah in Libanon kommen, werden sich die israelischen Streitkräfte nach Ansicht des Experten Nicholas Blanford vom Atlantic Council nicht auf Luftschläge beschränken. "According to Blanford, for the Israelis 'to do the job properly' they 'will have to send ground forces into Lebanon. Air power, as seen in 2006, is not enough. And Hezbollah has had 11 years to figure out its defensive posture in Lebanon to face an Israeli ground incursion.' (...) In precise military terms, Israel is preparing for a war of maneuver designed to take the battle into enemy territory, forcing Hezbollah to react and thereby making its soldiers and rocket troops easier to spot and kill. This shift in Israeli doctrine derives from Israeli’s failure to inflict long-term strategic defeats on Hezbollah in 1993, 1996 and 2006 by over-relying on air and artillery strikes, according to Assessing Israeli Military Effectiveness, a 2014 thesis by analyst Matthew F. Quinn."

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05.05.2017

"What Would Happen if Turkey Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria?"

https://warisboring.com/what-would-happen-if-turkey-attacked-u-s-troops-in-syria/

Paul Iddon hält es für möglich, dass bei den türkischen Angriffen auf syrische Stellungen der kurdischen YPG-Miliz auch US-Soldaten getroffen werden könnten. "(...) what would actually happen if Turkish fire directed at the YPG actually killed American soldiers in Syria? Two past attacks on American warships provide a possible answer to this question. In May 1987, Iraqi Super Etendard strike fighters attacked the frigate USS Stark in the Persian Gulf killing 37 sailors. U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan, then aiding Iraq in its war against Iran, accepted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s claim that it was unintentional. Cooler heads prevailed. (...) Twenty years earlier during the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Israeli warplanes attacked the USS Liberty spy ship in the Mediterranean, killing 34 crew members. Israel maintains that it had misidentified the Liberty as an Egyptian ship. The carriers USS America and Saratoga scrambled warplanes, but soon recalled them on direct orders from the Pentagon. (...) the immediate confusion following the Liberty incident serves as an apt warning of the dangers of Washington misidentifying any possible Turkish attack on their troops for a Syrian or Russian one. (...) The United States needs to make it clear to Turkey that future strikes without following the correct coordination procedures could lead to a disastrous outcome."

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02.05.2017

"The Korean War’s Brutality Turned the Stomachs of America’s Most Hardened Soldiers"

https://warisboring.com/the-korean-wars-brutality-turned-the-stomachs-of-americas-most-hardened-soldiers/

Darien Cavanaugh erinnert an die ungeheure Brutalität des ersten Koreakrieges, der zwischen 1950 und 1953 von Nordkorea und China gegen Südkorea und UN-Truppen unter der Führung der USA ausgetragen wurde. "On a per-capita basis, the Korean War was one of the deadliest wars in modern history, especially for the civilian population of North Korea. The scale of the devastation shocked and disgusted the American military personnel who witnessed it, including some who had fought in the most horrific battles of World War II. (...) Several factors contributed to the high casualty ratios. The Korean Peninsula is densely populated. Rapidly shifting front lines often left civilians trapped in combat zones. Both sides committed numerous massacres and carried out mass executions of political prisoners. Modern aircraft carried out a vast bombing campaign, dropping massive loads of napalm along with standard bombs. In fact, by the end of the war, the United States and its allies had dropped more bombs on the Korean Peninsula, the overwhelming majority of them on North Korea, than they had in the entire Pacific Theater of World War II. (...) Neither North Korea nor the United States has ever been able to truly come to terms with the havoc wrought during the conflict."

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11.03.2017

"The Real Reason Sweden Brought Back the Draft"

https://warisboring.com/the-real-reason-sweden-brought-back-the-draft-cc0993a8265c#.b5xg6r65z

Die Wiedereinführung der Wehrpflicht in Schweden wenige Jahre nach ihrer Aussetzung habe nicht nur mit einer neuen Bedrohungslage, sondern auch mit der Tatsache zu tun, dass zu wenige junge Schweden Interesse daran hätten, dem Militär freiwillig beizutreten, stellen Albin Aronsson und Blake Franko fest. "The inquiry found that only 2,500 of the 4,000 needed training slots had been filled in 2015 and that recruitment would need to increase 47 percent starting in 2017 to fulfill the needed expectation of employed soldiers and officers. For additional consideration, out of the nations on the Baltic Sea, Sweden spends the smallest share on defense in proportion to its GDP. (...) Stockholm’s decision to reintroduce conscription should not be overblown. It is a step toward furthering Sweden’s and the Baltic security equation, but is a small step compared to comparative Russian strength in the region."

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14.01.2017

"Interactive Missile Map Reveals How Messy a NATO-Russia War Would Be"

https://warisboring.com/interactive-missile-map-reveals-how-messy-a-nato-russia-war-would-be-5ee4d687925b
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Eine neue interaktive Karte verschafft Robert Beckhusen zufolge einen erschreckenden Eindruck vom Ausmaß eines Atomkrieges zwischen der NATO und Russland in Europa. "The map can display the ranges of various Russian land attack, air defense and naval strike weapons near its borders. It’s not comprehensive and there are fixed points of reference for naval weapons - which, of course, would vary in location during an actual conflict. For NATO, you can select options to show the range of the alliance’s land-attack naval weapons and its air defenses, along with the location of key PODS - or ports of debarkations - where the alliance could land reinforcements by air and sea. While none of this information is new, it is humbling when displayed graphically. (...) the map also displays Russia’s clear vulnerabilities. NATO warships with Tomahawk missiles could easily reach Russia’s biggest cities - and strike the center of government power - from considerable distance away. In short - a war would be chaotic, brutal and terrible."

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08.01.2017

"I Watched China’s Overseas Propaganda Network So You Don’t Have To"

https://warisboring.com/i-watched-chinas-overseas-propaganda-network-so-you-don-t-have-to-77e352667e82#.q
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Robert Beckhusen stellt den TV-Sender China Global Television Network (CGTN) vor, der vor kurzem von der chinesischen Regierung als Teil ihrer internationalen Propaganda-Strategie ins Leben gerufen worden sei. "David Bandurski, the editor of the China Media Project at the University of Hong Kong, called it 'baffling' and 'probably another misguided venture that will line the pockets of China’s state broadcaster while offering little in the way of globally compelling products.' (...) For instance, CGTN shies away from controversy. It doesn’t appear interested in covering problems governments are neglecting, least of all China’s, although it will tell you all about the problems China is managing on its long march toward moderate and responsible prosperity and … you get the idea. It’s hard to like CGTN. However, it’s possible to come to understand where it’s coming from and what it reflects about Chinese soft power and so-called 'public diplomacy' in the 21st century."

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07.01.2017

"In Lithuania, Learning How to Block Tanks With Trees Is Back in Fashion Abatis are an ancient tactic"

https://warisboring.com/in-lithuania-learning-how-to-block-tanks-with-trees-is-back-in-fashion-be80504454
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Kanadische und amerikanische NATO-Soldaten hätten vor kurzem mit litauischen Truppen Militärübungen zur Abwehr einer simulierten russischen Invasion durchgeführt, berichtet Robert Beckhusen. Dabei seien u.a. bewährte Taktiken zur Behinderung eines schnellen Vormarsches russischer Panzer trainiert worden. "(...) it’s the NATO combat engineers’ job to shape the terrain and deny an enemy force room to maneuver. Slow down those armored columns, and the Lithuanian army and its allies can choose to fight on their own terms - and buy time for the cavalry to arrive. Abatis are relatively simple to make, and the tactic is still taught in U.S. military manuals. (...) During one mock battle, NATO’s war planners didn’t - on purpose - give a group of soldiers enough anti-tank weapons to defend a village from a mixed, attacking force of armored vehicles and infantry. The abatis stopped the vehicles, but the infantry continued the advance before being tangled up in wire obstacles. The exercise ended in a stalemate, according to U.S. Army news release."

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08.12.2016

"Air Power Rescued Nigeria’s War on Boko Haram"

https://warisboring.com/air-power-rescued-nigerias-war-on-boko-haram-8f68e8059fcd#.vv280tnkc

Nigeria habe im Kampf gegen die radikalislamische Terrorgruppe Boko Haram mit Hilfe westlicher Unterstützung einen entscheidenden militärischen Durchbruch erzielt, berichtet Robert Beckhusen. "Since 2015, Nigeria has refurbished its aircraft and improved how the Air Force coordinates with ground troops - with help from Western powers. In 2015, the U.S. military began flying MQ-1C Gray Eagle surveillance drones from a secretive base in Cameroon. French drones arrived in the region, and the British sent a modified business jet loaded to the gills with spy gear and Tornado fighters configured for surveillance missions. Western governments are still reluctant to sell weapons, and the United States in 2015 put the kibosh on an Israeli plan to sell Cobra gunships to Nigeria. But the U.S. government has few hesitations to reconnoiter targets for Nigeria’s Air Force, and for other no-less-brutal powers in the region such as Cameroon."

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26.11.2016

"The Little-Known Arms Race Threatening to Blow Up the South Caucasus"

https://warisboring.com/the-little-known-arms-race-threatening-to-blow-up-the-south-caucasus-aa07455f14a8
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Sébastien Roblin schreibt, dass der schwelende Konflikt zwischen Armenien und Aserbaidschan durch russische Waffenverkäufe an beide Seiten angeheizt werde. "A fraught arms race, involving ballistic missiles, helicopter gunships, multiple rocket systems and even nuclear material smuggling, has escalated to the brink of war this year. The contenders - Armenia and Azerbaijan, two states with populations roughly equivalent to those of Connecticut and New Jersey, respectively. And Moscow is providing most of the advanced weaponry to both sides. (...) Most observers believe the two nations are likely to engage in another round of intensified fighting unless the situation changes. Ongoing attempts at mediation involving both Russia and the United States have largely floundered. Instead, the feuding states have escalated their military buildup."

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25.11.2016

"Appointing 'Mad Dog' Mattis to Lead the Pentagon Could Be Trump’s Best Decision"

https://warisboring.com/appointing-mad-dog-mattis-to-lead-the-pentagon-could-be-trump-s-best-decision-1de
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Kevin Knodell stellt mit dem früheren US-General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis den aktuell führenden Kandidaten für den Posten des kommenden US-Verteidigungsministers vor. Mattis werde von seinen Kritikern gerne als schießfreudiger Fanatiker dargestellt, tatsächlich sei er jedoch ein "komplizierter und interessanter Anführer". "Mattis is no doubt an aggressive commander who values 'violence of action.' But he’s careful about when to take action. He led the troops at the tip of the spear during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and saw first hand what happens when leaders over-rely on force and don’t consider the long-term consequences of their actions. (...) Mattis voiced skepticism of pushing a no-fly zone in Syria as he argued that regime artillery - not aircraft - were responsible for far more of the killings. As he saw it, a no-fly zone was a cop-out that wouldn’t actually solve anything. Though he said he was moved by the plight of Syrian refugees, who he called 'the most traumatized [refugees] I’ve ever seen,' he didn’t want to see a half-baked intervention without a proper end plan. He’d seen that before."

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22.11.2016

"Syrian Regime Bombs Eastern Aleppo While Russia Focuses Its Bloody Strikes Elsewhere"

https://warisboring.com/syrian-regime-bombs-eastern-aleppo-while-russia-focuses-its-bloody-strikes-elsewh
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In vielen aktuellen Berichten über den Krieg in Syrien werde geschrieben, dass Russland neue Luftangriffe in Ost-Aleppo durchführe, schreibt Tom Cooper. Dies sei falsch, da Russland gegenwärtig nur Ziele außerhalb der Stadt angreife. "Certain conclusions are obvious. Foremost is that Moscow might be right when it stresses that it’s not bombing eastern Aleppo. However, that doesn’t meant than nobody is hitting civilians in that part of Aleppo. The Syrian regime is certainly doing so. Likewise, just because Russia isn’t bombing eastern Aleppo doesn’t mean it isn’t striking innocent civilians in other parts of Syria where there aren’t any militants at all."

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10.11.2016

"Western Islamists Scare the Hell Out of Syrian Refugees"

https://warisboring.com/western-islamists-scare-the-hell-out-of-syrian-refugees-aac1d168ca76#.af558f6fe

Viele muslimische Flüchtlinge in Europa fühlten sich von der Radikalität westlicher Islamisten abgestoßen, schreibt Kevin Knodell. In Deutschland habe dies dazu geführt, dass viele Syrer sich nicht arabischen, sondern türkischen Gemeinden anschließen. "After risking death to escape from extremists, refugees arrived in their new homes only to find the same sort of radicals already recruiting Muslims. After getting caught in the crossfire across the political spectrum, many refugees worry if there’s any realistic way to get away from radical ideologies. (...) Many Syrian refugees reluctantly attended Arab mosques in Germany out of a desire to worship in their own language. A large number of German mosques serve members of Turkish community in their native tongue. In spite of the language problem, many Syrians are now opting to join the Turkish congregations. The new arrivals say these mosques don’t try to control them or promote radicalism."

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07.11.2016

"Now Canada Is a Surveillance State, Too"

https://warisboring.com/now-canada-is-a-surveillance-state-too-40d7544441f4#.g11odbj0i

Jordan Pearson berichtet über einen aufgedeckten Überwachungsskandal in Kanada, dem zufolge der Geheimdienst Canadian Security Intelligence Service  (CSIS) seit 2006 ein geheimes Programm zur Sammlung von Kommunikationsdaten betrieben hat. "The question on every Canadian’s mind now is  —  how, in our supposedly sleepy liberal democracy, did this happen? In establishing the domestic spy agency with the CSIS Act, legislators largely left it up to CSIS itself to decide how the law should be interpreted. 'It appears that CSIS got their own legal advice that gave them the most favorable spin or interpretation of the law that one could possibly take,' privacy lawyer David Fraser said in an interview. 'Really, stretching it almost to the breaking point.'"

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04.09.2016

"Bomb-Dropping Jihadist Drones Won’t Stay in Syria"

https://warisboring.com/bomb-dropping-jihadist-drones-wont-stay-in-syria-f40ac4d1a501#.67oao1lqv

Dschihadisten in Syrien haben offenbar eine einfache Drohne benutzt, um Bomben auf gegnerische Stellungen abzuwerfen. Robert Beckhusen fürchtet, dass die Erprobung neuer Terrortaktiken wie dieser langfristige Folgen haben könnte. "(...) the attacks are indicative of Syria’s place as a proving ground of terrorist tactics that will likely have wider repercussions long after the war is over. And not just drones. Jihadist militants in Syria have their hands on anti-aircraft missiles, remote-controlled sniper rifles and sophisticated anti-tank guided weapons. A quadcopter drone with an explosive charge is a crude weapon. But it’s low risk, cheap and anonymous. In 2015, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report warned that the ease of obtaining and operating low-cost drones 'could be used by adversaries to leverage [unmanned aircraft systems] as part of an attack.'"

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08.08.2016

"Tunisia Waged a Successful Air War Against Militants - And No One Noticed"

https://warisboring.com/tunisia-waged-a-successful-air-war-against-militants-and-no-one-noticed-bbf1a73ff
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International nahezu unbeachtet habe die relativ kleine tunesische Luftwaffe in den vergangenen Jahren erfolgreiche Militäroperationen gegen radikalislamische Extremisten an der Grenze zu Algerien durchgeführt, berichtet Tom Cooper. "In May 2013, Ansar attacked the U.S. embassy and the American School in Tunis, prompting the government to launch its largest-ever counterinsurgency campaign. Lasting until August 2013, this included severe aerial bombardment of militant bases in Kasserine and Gafsa areas, followed by the heliborne-deployment of special forces. Once again, Tunisian fighter-bombers and helicopters operated intensively, some foreign observers describing their sortie rates as 'incredible.' (...) the successful counterinsurgency operation in 2013 not only helped prevent Tunisia from descending into a civil war, but also made possible the relative stability the country has enjoyed ever since."

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22.07.2016

"Think U.S. Nukes in Europe Are Safe? Think Again"

https://warisboring.com/think-u-s-nukes-in-europe-are-safe-think-again-fe0d45d470ef#.q36qiy12v

Lydia Dennett schreibt, dass der Kommandeur des türkischen Luftwaffenstützpunktes, in dem auch US-Atombomben gelagert werden, im Zuge der Säuberungswelle nach dem Putschversuch verhaftet worden sei. Der Vorgang habe in den USA erneut die Frage aufgeworfen, wie sicher amerikanische Atomwaffen in Europa tatsächlich sind. "A 2008 U.S. Air Force Blue Ribbon review found that security at the European sites varied widely, and most did not meet U.S. nuclear weapons protection standards. (...) The vulnerabilities at the European bases outlined in the 2008 report could prevent security forces from protecting nuclear material in at least one, if not all, of these scenarios. As Eric Schlosser in The New Yorker points out, while the nuclear weapons stored in Europe contain coded switches to prevent the unauthorized use of the bombs, these codes can by bypassed with time and the right training. And if someone with know-how and malicious intent were able to break into one of these sites, it would take very little time to use conventional explosives to create a dirty bomb."

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09.07.2016

"Cops’ Robo-Bomb Is the Moment When a Defensive Technology Becomes a Weapon"

https://warisboring.com/cops-robo-bomb-is-the-moment-when-a-defensive-technology-becomes-a-weapon-1092f3a
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Der Attentäter von Dallas, der am vergangenen Donnerstag fünf US-Polizisten erschossen hat, ist durch einen mit Sprengstoff beladenen Roboter getötet worden. Robert Beckhusen schreibt, dass die Technologie des US-Militärs im zivilen Alltag von der Polizei damit zum ersten Mal tödlich eingesetzt worden sei. "Perhaps the most important question is that even if this remains a rare practice, what other military technologies will filter into the civilian world — and into whose hands? 'We really shouldn’t be surprised that military weapons return back to us as policing weapons  -  there’s a long tradition of this boomerang effect,' Patrick Lin, a Cal Poly philosophy professor who specializes in the ethics of robotics, told War Is Boring. 'Our drones have already come home to roost. Surveillance and cyberoperations that we use against foreign enemies, and even some friends, are also being used against our own citizens.' The Dallas robot bomb 'starkly spotlights the thin line between defensive technology and offensive weapons,' Lin added. 'It’s a very short hop.'"

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28.04.2016

"The Allied Force Fighting to Liberate Mosul Is Tearing Itself Apart"

https://warisboring.com/the-allied-force-fighting-to-liberate-mosul-is-tearing-itself-apart-6aaad154f707#
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Kevin Knodell berichtet, dass unter schiitischen und kurdischen Gruppen der irakischen Militärkoalition zur Befreiung der Stadt Mosul Kämpfe ausgebrochen seien, die nur mühsam beendet werden konnten. Die Kämpfe stellten nicht nur die Militäroperation selbst in Frage, sie ließen auch befürchten, dass das Land nach einer Vertreibung des "Islamischen Staates" weiter unter Konflikten und Gewalt leiden wird. "This whole mess is a chilling preview how complicated Iraq’s security situation is likely to remain even if the disparate factions manage to band together and defeat Islamic State. What comes after that is likely to be a vexing problem in its own right."

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26.04.2016

"Islamic State Might Finally Be Arming Its Women"

https://warisboring.com/islamic-state-might-finally-be-arming-its-women-70d778084d06#.7q2f1k1zi

Weibliche Anhänger des "Islamischen Staates" könnten künftig verstärkt an die Frontlinien geschickt werden, schreibt Darien Cavanaugh. Bereits jetzt spielten Frauen eine tragende Rolle in der Bürokratie des IS in den besetzten Gebieten. "The attacks in which the women jihadis were captured and killed in Libya in late February 2016 marked the group’s first confirmed use of female combatants. However, reports from the region suggest it may have been the beginning of a trend, as 'hundreds' of ISIS women in Libya are being trained to join in combat operations or perpetrate suicide-bombings. Considering that much of the ISIS command in Libya is from Syria and Iraq and stays in close contact with the leadership in those countries, it’s reasonable to assume that ISIS commanders in all three places are comfortable with exploring the possibility of women becoming a more prominent part of the Islamic State’s fighting force."

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24.04.2016

"Radical Islamism Flops in Scotland"

https://warisboring.com/radical-islam-flops-in-scotland-afaeeb80a0fc#.eziyl626b

Radikalisierte Muslime in Großbritannien sind Robert Beckhusen zufolge auffällig selten in Schottland zu finden. Die schottische Kultur trage möglicherweise einiges zu einer erfolgreichen Integration von Immigranten bei. "'There are lessons that counterterrorism experts can learn from Scotland,' [social scientist Stefano Bonino] wrote. 'Some trans-Atlantic similarities emerge between Scotland and Canada and explain how a social democratic politics with relaxed attitudes toward immigration and less aggressive foreign policies is attractive to Muslim communities, potentially reducing the appeal of grievance-based jihadi propaganda.' But Bonino cautioned that 'there remain questions as to whether the allure of violent Islamism is reduced or simply hidden.' (...) Bonino suggests a combination of socio-economic circumstances, lower levels of segregation between Muslims and non-Muslims and the peculiar character of Scottish politics has much to do with reducing the appeal of radical Islam."

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05.04.2016

"Azerbaijan Kills Armenian Troops With a Suicide Drone"

http://warisboring.com/articles/azerbaijan-kills-armenian-troops-with-a-suicide-drone/

Videoaufnahmen vom Konflikt in Nagorny Karabach zeigen offenbar eine aserbaidschanische "Selbstmorddrohne", die als fliegende Sprengladung gegen armenische Soldaten eingesetzt wurde. Robert Beckhusen schreibt, dass es sich möglicherweise um ein israelisches Drohnenmodell handele. "If the footage is accurate, it’s a rare and alarming glimpse at one of the 21st century’s most significant trends in warfare — the increasing proliferation of lethal drones beyond the arsenals of advanced militaries. Small armies that do not have the resources to develop combat drones on their own can now buy them elsewhere, and send them on one-way missions in very real, very violent wars."

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03.04.2016

"The U.S. and Russia Must Cooperate to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism"

http://warisboring.com/articles/the-u-s-and-russia-must-cooperate-to-prevent-nuclear-terrorism/

Nukleare Terroranschläge sind von US-Präsident Obama als größte direkte Gefahr für die USA bezeichnet worden. Angesichts dieser Bedrohung hält Josh Cohen eine Wiederaufnahme der Kooperation mit Russland bei der Sicherung atomaren Materials für dringend geboten. "To limit the threat of nuclear terrorism, the United States must take three steps to jumpstart U.S.-Russian nuclear security cooperation. While the U.S. should keep its Russian sanctions in place until Russia withdraws its troops from Ukraine and implements the Minsk Agreement, American national interests require that we separate nuclear security and the crisis in Ukraine. (...) While Russia hawks may wonder why the United States would spend money to assist an adversary, Washington does not help Russia as a favor to Moscow, but because preventing nuclear terrorism remains a core American national security interest. All of these steps have one thing in common — they require that we delink nuclear security cooperation with Moscow from U.S.-Russian geopolitical tensions. The consequences from nuclear terrorism are so dire that to do otherwise is foolhardy."

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