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"Mainstream Media Faults Trump for Not Following Through on Iran Attack"

Jason Ditz berichtet, dass die Entscheidung des US-Präsidenten, einen Militärschlag gegen den Iran kurzfristig abzusagen, in den US-Mainstreammedien als Schwäche interpretiert worden sei. "To be sure, Thursday was meant to be the start of the US-Iran War which hawks have been trying to piece together for generations. Trump ordered the attack, but ultimately, called it off a mere 10 minutes from a strike. What had been a subject of debate was now USA Today accusing Trump of 'not following through.' As concerning as blundering into a huge war in the Middle East had been, the new talking point was Trump showing weakness, and per Kori Schake of the Atlantic, damaging 'America’s credibility.' America can, after all, usually be counted on to react hastily, and stumble into what are in retrospect unfortunate wars. That Trump managed to just barely avoid the siren’s song of war was outside the expectation of American allies, and now they don’t know what to think. (...) Trump talked of proportionality, and his reluctance to kill 150 Iranians, now even Fox and Friends are crying weakness. It’s not surprising the media wasn’t thinking of killing 150 people as a problem. After all, historically death tolls in US attacks are grossly underreported, and they were on board not just for the deaths here, but those in the years of war to come."

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"US to Send $250 Million in Military Aid to Ukraine"

Das Pentagon hat ein militärisches Hilfspaket im Wert von 250 Millionen US-Dollar für die Ukraine enthüllt. Jason Ditz bezweifelt die offizielle Begründung der Unterstützung, der zufolge die zivile Kontrolle des ukrainischen Militärs gestärkt werden soll. "In contrast to the aid packages a few years ago, which were emphasized as purely non-lethal aid not intended to exacerbate tensions, this new aid package seems to be chock full of lethal options for the military. Sniper rifles, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and a host of other weapons were included in the new package. It’s not clear what any of this would have to do with civilian control of the military. It is, however, clear that such weapons would be brought to bear against the eastern rebels in Ukraine, where a ceasefire tends to hold only tentatively at any given time, and US-provided arms might convince the military that they have another opportunity to resolve what is meant to be a negotiated settlement through military means."

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"US Falsely Claims Iran Is in Breach of Nuclear Deal"

Die US-Botschafterin bei der UNO Jackie Wolcott hat dem Iran nach der Erklärung des IAEO-Direktors Yukiya Amano einen Verstoß gegen das internationale Atomabkommen vorgeworfen. "Wolcott argued that Iran’s testing of improved centrifuges are a 'clear violation of the deal,' though most experts agree that the centrifuge language is not particularly clear, and what Iran is doing does not appear to be an actual violation, so long as all such centrifuges aren’t tested at the exact same time. The US accusations could be forgiven as a more strict interpretation of vague language, though since the US has already withdrawn from the treaty, they no longer have any say in its enforcement. This was indeed one of the main arguments by European nations for the US not to withdraw, warning they’d lose a say in interpretation of the rules."

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"Pentagon’s Phony Iran 'Evidence': New Rationale for US Intervention?"

Gareth Porter hat den Verdacht, dass das Pentagon der US-Regierung mit unbewiesenen Vorwürfen gegen den Iran einen Kriegsgrund liefern wolle. "Last week a senior Pentagon official accused Iran of having sabotaged four oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on May 12 and of firing a rocket into Baghdad’s Green Zone on May 19. Iran executed these events, he said, either directly or through regional 'proxies.' But instead of creating sensational headlines, the briefing by Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, the director of the Joint Staff, was a flop, because it was clear to reporters covering it that he could not cite a single fact to back it up. (...) the briefing raises a serious question whether National Security Adviser John Bolton intended to use the new accusation against Iran stoke a war crisis – much as Vice President Dick Cheney, in another era, used the argument that Iraq had purchased aluminum tubes for a covert nuclear weapons program to justify the invasion of Iraq."

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"Officials Suggest US Poised to Attack Venezuela"

US-Außenminister Pompeo und Sicherheitsberater Bolton haben nach dem Scheitern des Umsturzversuches in Venezuela Jason Ditz zufolge erneut eine militärische Intervention der USA ins Spiel gebracht. "While still giving lip-service to the idea that the US can force a 'peaceful' exchange of power through sheer force of will, they are also talking up direct military intervention. The always hawkish John Bolton was of course the most open about this possible US attack, saying that he’s been told by Admiral Faller that US troops are 'on the balls of our feet ready to go' into Venezuela. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others only suggested that invading Venezuela was 'possible,' but talking up the intervention in such a way as to suggest that a lot more possible after that failed coup. Adding to speculation that such a war could be imminent, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has cancelled his planned trip to Europe at the last minute, with officials saying he needs to stay to coordinate policy on Venezuela."

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"US Agrees With Russia, China on Framework for Afghanistan Pullout"

Die USA haben sich mit Russland und China auf die grundsätzlichen Rahmenbedingungen eines Abzugs der NATO-Truppen aus Afghanistan verständigt. "The general idea is that the US and allied forces would leave Afghanistan as part of a peace deal, which would come with a commitment from the Taliban to keep ISIS and al-Qaeda out of the country. These are the terms which were already reported to have been coming out of US-Taliban talks, and the State Department’s own statement said the other nations support an 'orderly and responsible withdrawal of foreign troops.' Negotiating the specifics beyond this framework, including timing, has yet to be done, and US efforts to get the Taliban talking with the Afghan government are on hold after Afghan officials failed to show for last week’s meeting. Getting Russia on board with this deal is particularly important, as Russia has long feared that the inevitable NATO defeat, and withdrawal from Afghanistan was going to destabilize the region, and threaten some of Russia’s close allies, former Soviet states in the vicinity."

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"UN Report: War Has Set Back Yemen More Than 20 Years"

Jemen ist einem neuen Bericht des Entwicklungsprogramms der Vereinten Nationen zufolge durch den Krieg wirtschaftlich um mehr als 20 Jahre zurückgeworfen worden. "The economic losses caused so far are around $88.8 billion, and that’s just assuming the war ends now. If it lasts until 2030, they estimate losses of $657 billion, and 84 percent of the population chronically malnourished. Yemen’s extreme poverty made it easy to underestimate just how far and fast they could fall economically in such a bloody war. The report concluded that even with immediate peace, it would take decades just to get Yemen back to the impoverished ex-ante situation."

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"Killing for Credibility: A Look Back at the 1999 NATO Air War on Serbia"

Brett Wilkins bezeichnet den NATO-Luftkrieg in Serbien vor 20 Jahren in diesem Rückblick als eine Kampagne der "atemberaubenden Heuchelei", die vor allem geführt worden sei, um die Glaubwürdigkeit der NATO zu untermauern. "Waging or prolonging war for credibility’s sake is always dangerous and seems always to yield disastrous results. Tens of thousands of US troops and many times as many Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian soldiers and civilians died while Richard Nixon sought an 'honorable' way out of Vietnam. Ronald Reagan’s dogged defense of US credibility cost the lives of 299 American and French troops killed in Hezbollah’s 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. This time, ensuring American credibility meant backing the vicious KLA [Kosovo Liberation Army] – some of whose fighters had trained at Osama bin Laden’s terror camps in Afghanistan. This, despite the fact that al-Qaeda had already been responsible for deadly attacks against the United States, including the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. (...) Twenty years later, Operation Allied force has been all but forgotten in the United States. In a country that has been waging nonstop war on terrorism for almost the entire 21st century, the 1999 NATO air war is but a footnote in modern American history."

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"Iraqi Parliament Prepares to Evict US Troops"

Im irakischen Parlament beginne sich ein parteiübergreifender Konsens für einen Abzug der US-Truppen herauszubilden, berichtet Jason Ditz. "While many Iraqis accepted the offer of help in the more desperate moments of the ISIS War, the US military has quickly worn out its welcome. Across a number of major political blocs in Iraq, there is growing consensus that the US, and indeed all foreign military forces, need to go. This has been brewing for months. The Iraqis saw Trump’s visit to Iraq, during which he didn’t meet the Iraqi PM, as a sign of disrespect. That the Pentagon keeps insisting they’re staying in Iraq, without asking the Iraqis, only adds to the sense that the US isn’t really an invited guest in any real sense. (...) US hawks are still trying to spin this as proof of an Iran problem. In reality, the US and Iran have been backing the same parties in Iraq since 2003, and US discomfort with that fact has been consistently undermining their goals."

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"New Zealand Police Censor Mosque Attack, Threaten to Jail Citizens Who Share Video"

Die neuseeländische Regierung will die Verbreitung der Videos und des Manifests des Massenmörders von Christchurch Jason Ditz zufolge mit harten Zensurmaßnahmen verhindern. Bürgern, die den Live-Stream des Täters online verbreiten, drohen demnach bis zu zehn Jahre Haft. "The one person jailed so far was a man who shared the original live-stream of the attack. New Zealand police, however, say that all citizens who share any video of the attack face 10 years in prison. They also warned against sharing the attacker’s manifesto, or other 'objectionable and restricted material.' New Zealand’s Internet providers have confirmed that they effectively have to, under penalty of fines, block all international websites that have links to the manifesto or the video itself. ISPs argue that these are 'extreme circumstances,' and that blocking such websites is 'the right thing to do.' Despite all efforts, the video appears not to have been vanished totally from human history, however. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used parts of the video at weekend rallies warning about rising Islamophobia, and quoted the manifesto, which threatened Turkey specifically."

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"Would Social Media Have Censored Video of 9/11 or Kennedy Assassination?"

Thomas Knapp hält es für bedenklich, dass Facebook, Youtube und Twitter die Videos vom Anschlag von Christchurch von ihren Plattformen entfernt haben. "Social media companies should enable our choices, not suppress our choices at the censors’ every whim. If Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube had been primary news sources in 1915, would they have permitted us to view footage (rare, as film was in its early days) of New Zealanders’ desperate fight at Gallipoli? How about the attack on Pearl Harbor? The assassination of president John F. Kennedy? The second plane hitting the World Trade Center? (...) Terrorists don’t need video to 'inspire' them. Like mold, evil grows best in darkness and struggles in sunlight. If you want to help terrorists, hiding the ugliness of their actions from the public they hope to mobilize in support of those actions is exactly how you do it. Contrary to their claims of supporting 'democracy' versus 'extremism,' the social media companies and the censors they 'struggle' to assist seem to side with terror and to lack any trust in the good judgment of 'the people.'"

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"US and Taliban Begin Highest Level Afghanistan Negotiations Yet"

Die Ernsthaftigkeit der Gespräche von Vertretern der US-Regierung und der Taliban in Doha ist Jason Ditz zufolge am Montag durch die Entsendung des stellvertretenen Taliban-Chefs Mullah Baradar bestätigt worden. "Having Mullah Baradar and US negotiator head Zalmay Khalilzad sitting across the table from one another only underscores how serious the talks are getting, and this latest round of talks is expected to continue hammering out specific details. With so much at stake, Khalilzad and Baradar even had a 'working lunch' ahead of the formal talks. Delegates on both sides clearly have high hopes, and are putting a lot into this effort."

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"US, EU, and Kurds at Odds Over ISIS Prisoners in Syria"

Viele aus Europa stammende IS-Kämpfer, über deren Rückführung diskutiert wird, sitzen derzeit in Gefängnissen der kurdischen SDF im Norden Syriens. "The US intends to have Europe take most of them, though France and Germany have both rejected the appeal to accept over 800 detainees, out of the estimated 1,500 currently held. Britain is still debating taking a much smaller number. Germany has suggested they could only consider such moves if they have consular access. The Kurdish SDF say they don’t intend to release the ISIS fighters back into Syria even if they have no place to send them, despite the US trying to scare Europe into taking them with that notion. Even then, the SDF is calling this a 'time bomb,' and warning that the ISIS detainees might conceivably escape and threaten the West if the West doesn’t take them back first, which is either a threat to release them, or a damning indictment of their confidence in keeping detainees."

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"US Military Plans for All Troops to Be Out of Syria by End of April"

Pentagon-Planer gehen einem Bericht des Wall Street Journal davon aus, dass der vollständige Abzug der US-Truppen aus Syrien Ende April abgeschlossen werden könnte. "The most specificity any officials have offered on the US plan for Syria, Pentagon officials confirmed Thursday that the current in-military timeline is to have all US troops out of the country by the end of April. Officials confirmed this could be altered by policy changes in the future, but that for now the intention is to withdraw a significant number of the forces by mid-March, and the rest by the end of April. The State Department was quick to contradict on this matter, saying that there is no timeline for withdrawing from Syria, and that the US is still committed to protecting the Kurdish YPG, and expelling all Iranian troops from Syria."

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"Turkey may start new Syria operation at any moment, Erdogan says"

Präsident Erdogan hat eine neue türkische Militäroffensive gegen die Kurden im Osten Syriens in Aussicht gestellt und behauptet, dass US-Präsident Trump dies gebilligt habe. "The Pentagon had warned last week that they considered any invasion 'unacceptable,' but Erdogan revealed on Monday that he’d spoken to President Trump, and that Trump has expressed support fo the military operation. While the White House wouldn’t confirm an endorsement of the invasion against US-backed Kurds, they did confirm that Trump had spoken with Erdogan about Syria during a recent telephone conversation. US Special Envoy James Jeffrey did, however, say he believed the invasion was 'a bad idea,' and suggested everyone from the president on down had told Turkey that."

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"Saudi-led Forces Resume Attacks on Yemeni Port of Hodeidah"

Saudi-Arabien hat seine Luftangriffe in der umkämpften Küstenstadt Hodeidah in Jemen unmittelbar nach dem Waffenstillstandsangebot der Huthi-Rebellen wieder aufgenommen. "It had previously been assumed, though not outright said, that the ceasefire was going to last up to the peace talks, expected at some point in December. The timing is particularly bad, as it comes just a day after Yemen’s Houthis backed a ceasefire, and announced a halt toward firing missiles or using drones. It is unclear why the new offensive was announced at this point, though it comes just a day after Saudi-backed forces carried out an offensive against northwestern Yemen, another Houthi-held area. The new offensives aren’t a good sign for the upcoming peace talks, though they may also represent an attempt to secure some last-minute gains before coming to the negotiating table."

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"Study: US Has Spent $5.9 Trillion on Wars Since 2001"

Das Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs hat eine weitere Studie über das Ausmaß des amerikanischen Kriegs gegen den Terror herausgegeben. Der Untersuchung zufolge haben Kriege und globale Militäreinsätze seit 9/11 die USA etwa 5.9 Billionen US-Dollar gekostet. "This is, of course, vastly higher than official figures, owing to the Pentagon trying to oversimplify the costs into simply overseas contingency operations. It is only when one considers the cost of medical and disability care for soldiers, and future such costs, along with things like the interest on the extra money borrowed for the wars, that the true cost becomes clear. That sort of vast expenditure is only the costs and obligations of the wars so far, and with little sign of them ending, they are only going to grow. In particular, a generation of wars is going to further add to the medical costs for veterans’ being consistently deployed abroad."

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"US Ends Saudi Mid-Air Refueling Support for Yemen War"

Die USA wollen saudi-arabische Kampfflugzeuge in Jemen vorerst nicht mehr durch eine Betankung in der Luft unterstützen. Die Maßnahme wird von Experten als Teil der "begrenzten Bestrafung" der Saudis in der Khashoggi-Affäre betrachtet. "Defense Secretary James Mattis downplayed the news, however, and made no mention of previous demands for a ceasefire. Instead, he said the US will continue to support the Saudi war in Yemen, and 'collaborate on building up legitimate Yemeni forces.' The timing, however, is telling. This comes just two weeks after the US demanded a halt to Saudi strikes against populated parts of Yemen, and after several subsequent attacks on populated areas killing civilians."

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"Syrian Observatory: US Has Killed Over 3,000 Civilians in Syria Since 2014"

Einer neuen Schätzung des Syrian Observatory for Human Rights zufolge sind bei den Militäreinsätzen der USA in Syrien seit 2014 über 3.000 Zivilisten getötet worden. "The current estimate is 3,222 civilians killed by the US in that period of time. This includes scores of civilians killed in the 24 hour period Friday and Saturday during which US airstrikes pounded an ISIS held town in the far east. The US insisted the mosque they blew up was a legitimate military target, but substantial numbers of civilian victims were reported. The death toll spans several provinces, but overwhelmingly is the result of the US supporting the invasion of ISIS-held cities and towns with heavy aerial bombardment. Those strikes caused massive damage and killed a lot of bystanders."

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"Afghan High Peace Council Says Talk of US Troop Withdrawal Is Premature"

Die Gespräche zwischen Vertretern der US-Regierung und der Taliban werden vom Hohen Friedensrat (HPC) der afghanischen Regierung Jason Ditz zufolge mit Misstrauen beobachtet. "Over the weekend, the Taliban suggested progress is being made on a peace effort with the US in Afghanistan. Most significantly, they confirmed that the US has agreed to talks centering on withdrawing US troops from the country. That’s not sitting well with the idea of the Afghan High Peace Council, which has issued a statement saying any talk of foreign troops leaving is 'premature' and that they believe Taliban calls are only for propaganda value. The High Peace Council was established in 2010 and was intended to negotiate with the Taliban. So far they’ve had limited involvement, and now seem eager to undermine US-Taliban talks."

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"Turkey Backed Rebels Refuse to Withdraw in Syria’s Idlib"

Die Umsetzung des russisch-türkischen Plans zur Bildung einer demilitarisierten Zone in der syrischen Idlib-Provinz bleibt Jason Ditz zufolge offen, nachdem die von Ankara unterstützte Rebellengruppe Fallaq al-Sham den Abzug aus der Zone abgelehnt hat. "Fallaq al-Sham argues that they need to keep their fighters in the demilitarized zone to 'repel any treason' against them. Turkey has likewise been unable to get any of the other jihadist rebels to agree to a withdrawal. Interestingly, many media reports claimed that Fallaq al-Sham had actually started its withdrawal, though in reality they’d only moved from a few locations in the neighboring Aleppo Province. That, combined with the statement ruling out Idlib pullouts, is hardly an endorsement of the plan."

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"Netherlands Ends Funding for Syria White Helmets, Citing Suspicious Actions"

Die niederländische Regierung hat beschlossen, die Finanzhilfen für mehrere Gruppen in Syrien, darunter auch für die Weißhelme, einzustellen. "The White Helmets were recipients of 12.5 million Euros from the Netherlands. Styling themselves as a 'civil defense' force with no ties to foreign governments, the White Helmets actually receive substantially funding from several Western nations, including the US, Britain, and until now, the Netherlands. Netherlands officials warned that there is inadequate supervision of the White Helmets, and the lack of transparency on the flow of cash to the group, as well as how it is spent, raises substantial risk that the aid money may fall into the hands of terrorist groups."

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"Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Bus Station, Killing at Least 20 Civilians"

Bei einem saudi-arabischen Luftangriff in Jemen sind Berichten zufolge erneut mindestens 20 Zivilisten, darunter offenbar viele Kinder, getötet worden. "Last month, Saudi warplanes attacked a busload of school children in northern Yemen, killing scores of them. The strike used a US-provided bomb, and led to major Congressional moves to limit involvement in the war. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday, signed off on Saudi activities, bypassing Congressional limits. Having dodged a bullet in avoiding Congressional attempts to halt US aid, the Saudis clearly haven’t learned anything, however, as on Thursday, Saudi warplanes attacked a bus station in the port city of Hodeidah, killing at least 20 civilians, mostly children."

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"Turkey Sends Troops, Tanks to Syria’s Idlib to 'Deter' an Offensive"

Die Türkei will eine Offensive syrischer Regierungstruppen in der Idlib-Provinz durch die Entsendung weiterer Truppen in das Nachbarland doch noch verhindern. "Turkish officials announced Wednesday that they sent hundreds of additional special forces, along with tanks, armored vehicles, and other equipment, across the border into Syria’s Idlib Province. They are intended to reinforce Turkish military posts in northern Syria. Turkish officials say that the intention is to deter the Syrian military from launching an offensive against the Idlib Province, which is under the control of various Islamist rebel factions, the largest of which is al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front. Turkey is aligned with some of these fighters in supporting regime change in Syria."

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"Huge Casualties Reported as Taliban Escalates Attacks Across North Afghanistan"

Afghanische Regierungstruppen haben bei Kämpfen gegen die Taliban im Norden des Landes Berichten zufolge weitere schwere Verluste hinnehmen müssen. "A large number of attacks over the weekend in Afghanistan has only grown worse as of Monday, with reports of districts falling in several parts of the country’s north, and the Afghan military suffering 'huge casualties' in the fighting. After heavy fighting in Baghlan, the Taliban is now moving into Jawzjan and Sar-e Pul, leading provincial officials to warn that a collapse is imminent without reinforcements, and substantial territory could fall to the Taliban very soon. All of this has the Afghan parliament standing up and taking notice, but their ability to get any information out of the security chiefs is in serious question, as the ministers of Defense and Interior, along with the NDS chief, refused a parliamentary summons Monday to discuss the situation."

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"Trump Commits US to ‘Indefinite’ Military Presence in Syria"

Jason Ditz berichtet, dass US-Präsident Trump einer neuen Syrien-Strategie zugestimmt habe, die neben der Zerschlagung des IS auch die Verdrängung des Irans zum Ziel hat. Der zuvor in Aussicht gestellte Abzug der US-Truppen sei damit in weite Ferne gerückt. "US troops are in several parts of Syria, mostly in the Kurdish-held northeast. An estimated 2,200 US troops are in Syria, though official numbers are being withheld from the public. Special Envoy James Jeffrey said the old plan was to leave Syria by year’s end, but now the troops are committed to an 'indefinitely extended' stay. The new goals are substantial as well, with the US now focusing on forcing Iran out of Syria and 'enduring defeat' for ISIS. Jeffrey says the US is 'not in a hurry' and that Trump is now on board with this idea."

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"US Strategy in Syria: 'Create Quagmires Until We Get What We Want'"

Die US-Regierung habe kein Interesse an einer schnellen Beendigung des Kriegs in Syrien, solange sie keinen entscheidenden Einfluss auf die Zukunft des Landes ausüben könne, schreibt Jason Ditz. "In 2013, top Obama Administration officials described their policy in the Syrian War as one of keeping the war going. The administration wanted a big seat at the table for a political settlement, which officials clarified meant ensuring that the war kept going so that there was never a clear victor. The Trump Administration seems to be slipping into that same destructive set of priorities in Syria. The Washington Post this week quoted an unnamed Administration official as saying that 'right now, our job is to help create quagmires [for Russia and the Syrian regime] until we get what we want.' (...) It is this desire that has the US repeatedly threatening Syria and warning them not to attack Idlib. It is this desire that is sparking almost daily US threats to intervene militarily if the Idlib offensive involves chemical weapons. Most importantly, it is this desire that has Russia very much believing media reports that the rebels could 'stage' a fake chemical attack just to suck the US into the war, and be fairly confident it would work."

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"UN Report Details War Crimes by Saudis, UAE in Yemen War"

Ein neuer UN-Bericht wirft beiden Seiten des Konflikts in Jemen Menschenrechtsverletzungen und mögliche Kriegsverbrechen vor. Jason Ditz macht besonders auf die Vorwürfe gegen die von Saudi-Arabien angeführte Militärkoalition aufmerksam. "The report noted Saudi and UAE forces killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes, tortured detainees, raped civilians, and used child soldiers as young as eight. The two nations repeatedly hit residential areas and there is 'little evidence of any attempt by parties to the conflict to minimize civilian casualties.' The UN report also made note of the “no strike list” of 30,000 civilian sites in Yemen, including refugee camps and hospitals. Officials found the Saudi-led forces failed to consult their own list time and again during airstrikes. The UN report largely mirrors last week’s report from Human Rights Watch, which likewise found that the Saudi-led coalition had failed to stop violations of human rights, and was carrying out investigations that lacked any credibility."

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"Russia Announces Largest War Games Since Soviet Era"

Das russische Verteidigungsministerium plant Jason Ditz zufolge, im September in Sibirien das größte Militärmanöver seit dem Kollaps der Sowjetunion durchzuführen. "The Vostok exercise will be held in Siberia, and will include multiple nations, including China and Mongolia. The exercise is expected to involve as many as 150,000 soldiers world-wide. The overwhelming majority will of course be Russian troops. The inclusion of China is seen as a major confidence-building measure, as previous Vostok exercises were seen as preparation for a potential land war with China. Clearly, that would not be the case if the Chinese are invited to participate."

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"Syrian Govt Calls on Refugees to Return Home"

Die syrische Regierung hat die über fünf Millionen international verstreuten Flüchtlinge zur Rückkehr aufgefordert, da die "Terroristen" in vielen Gebieten weitgehend besiegt seien. "Looking at a map, this makes sense. The ISIS caliphate is gone. The rebels are expelled from metro Damascus, and almost all of the south. The rebels still have territory in Syria’s southwest tip, and in Idlib and Aleppo Province, but that’s virtually all. Several years of bloody wars, and heavy shelling and airstrikes in major cities don’t make returning home all that easy for many, however. The displaced are likely to find the homes damaged, ransacked, or destroyed outright."

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