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21.08.2018

"Russia Announces Largest War Games Since Soviet Era"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/08/21/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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03.07.2018

"Syrian Govt Calls on Refugees to Return Home"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/07/03/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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24.06.2018

"US Won’t Intervene as Syria Strikes Rebels in Southwest"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/06/24/us-wont-intervene-as-syria-strikes-rebels-in-southwest/

Das US-Militär habe bereits klargestellt, dass es die Rebellengruppen im Süden Syriens bei den neuen Kämpfen gegen die Regierungstruppen nicht aktiv unterstützen wird, berichtet Jason Ditz. "Though the rebel groups are fairly small in this area, they’ve long been backed by the US. US Ambassador Nikki Haley is still railing against the planned offensive, and saying everything that happens will be Russia’s fault. But they’re also telling the FSA that their plans and decisions should not be based on any expectation of a US military intervention on their behalf. (...) Expecting a massive fight and heavier airstrikes, thousands of civilians are already on the move, fleeing the areas that look to be the early parts of such a push. Some are going deeper into the rebel territory, but many are just fleeing to the Jordanian border, hoping to wait the fighting out in relative safety."

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19.06.2018

"Iran: European Proposals Not Enough to Save Nuclear Deal"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/06/19/iran-european-proposals-not-enough-to-save-nuclear-deal/

Die bisherigen europäischen Vorschläge sind nach Ansicht des iranischen Atomchefs Ali Akbar Salehi nicht ausreichend, um das internationale Atomabkommen ohne die USA zu retten. Jason Ditz meint, dass die Aussage Salehis als Teil der laufenden Verhandlungen betrachtet werden könne. "The EU has promised to block the US sanctions with respect to European companies, though some that were previously doing business with Iran, like Total S.A. and Siemens, have said they are going to stop doing business with Iran anyhow, fearing US punishment. Iranian officials have said they will only remain in the deal so long as it benefits them. They have sought assurances of access to international trade, including financing of projects by European banks, and the ability to continue selling oil on the international market. European nations may ultimately offer that, and Iran hasn’t set any deadline for getting more out of the remaining parties in the deal. This means Iran never really has to say they are satisfied with what is being offered, and can always angle for a bit more. So long as they remain in the deal, they have ample time."

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16.06.2018

"French Special Forces on the Ground in Yemen"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/06/16/french-special-forces-on-the-ground-in-yemen/

Der französischen Zeitung Le Figaro zufolge hat die Regierung in Paris Spezialeinheiten nach Jemen geschickt. "France’s Defense Ministry is not commenting specifically on the special forces report, but did deny that any French troops are present in Hodeidah port. They also insisted that the French military is not part of the Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen. The French government has not formally commented on ever having sent troops to Yemen in the first place. Earlier this week, French officials suggested they were open to demining operations in Hodeidah, but only after the Saudi-led forces finishing conquering it. It is interesting, however, that the French have been making so many statements denying involvement in the Saudi-led coalition, when it turns out they do have ground troops active in Yemen, embedded with the Emiratis, themselves top coalition members."

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01.05.2018

"Russian military spending falls, could affect operations: think-tank"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/05/01/russias-military-spending-declines-us-now-a-third-of-global-spending/

Jason Ditz schreibt, dass die russischen Militärausgaben dem neuen SIPRI-Bericht zufolge im Jahr 2017 relativ deutlich zurückgegangen seien, während die USA mehr als ein Drittel der globalen Rüstungsausgaben auf sich vereinten. "In March, Russia announced that over the next five years they plan to cut their overall military spending to less than 3% of their national GDP. That means substantial further cuts in the next few years, and will likely mean multiple additional nations will pass them in military spending. Russia remains a substantial military power even with the cuts, of course. The general trend toward cuts shows that they aren’t envisioning large overseas entanglements, or the sort of World War 3 type of invasions that some NATO military figures have claimed. Russia is clearly moving toward a more defensive footing, and pocketing the savings."

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01.04.2018

"Turkey Warns France That Sending Troops to Syria Would Be an 'Invasion'"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/04/01/turkey-warns-france-that-sending-troops-to-syria-would-be-an-invasion
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Der französische Präsident Macron hat den Kurden im Norden Syriens Berichten zufolge seine Unterstützung zugesichert. Eine mögliche Entsendung französischer Truppen in die von Kurden gehaltene Stadt Manbij wäre nach Ansicht der Türkei allerdings eine völkerrechtswidrige "Invasion". Jason Ditz kommentiert: "Since Syria has yet to approve a French deployment, that may well be the case. Turkey, however, is the wrong nation to be making such allegations, in as much as they are in the process of invading Syria already. Indeed, France’s deployment was, if reports are to be believed, being ordered specifically to counter the Turkish invasion. Turkish DM Nurettin Canikli warned the French deployment would be a 'calamitous step,' and that it would be in violation of international law. Other Turkish officials have suggested in recent days that Turkish troops would target the French forces in Manbij. While President Macron’s office is now denying that any troops are headed to Manbij, France has historical ties to Syria, which would make sending forces to resist the Turkish invasion relatively unsurprising."

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21.03.2018

"US-South Korea Spring War Games to Be Scaled Back This Year"

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/03/21/us-south-korea-spring-war-games-to-be-scaled-back-this-year/

Der Umfang der bevorstehenden Militärmanöver amerikanischer und südkoreanischer Truppen soll vor dem Hintergrund der aktuellen diplomatischen Initiativen reduziert werden, berichtet Jason Ditz. "The Foal Eagle exercise is to last for only four weeks, and had previously been expected to extend deep into May, as the nations usually have the exercise take closer to two months. Key Resolve, the mostly computerized exercise, will begin in mid-April and last just two weeks, meaning everything will be finished before May. This timing decision was likely to have been made because of upcoming Trump-Kim talks, which are not dated yet, but are planned to happen 'by May.' Holding such talks amid US war games would be very difficult, so likely the summit itself will be shortly thereafter, in May."

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30.06.2015

"Clean Break to Dirty Wars"

http://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2015/06/29/clean-break-to-dirty-wars/

Dan Sanchez schreibt, dass die intellektuellen Wurzeln der neokonservativen Politik, die zu den heutigen Konflikten und "schmutzigen Kriegen" im Nahen Osten geführt habe, in der Studie "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm" aus dem Jahr 1995 gefunden werden könnten. Experten wie Richard Perle und Douglas Feith hätten der israelischen Regierung damals empfohlen, für einen Erfolg im Kampf gegen die Hisbollah in Libanon eine Friedensstrategie gegenüber der Türkei und Jordanien sowie eine Konfrontationsstrategie gegenüber Irak, Syrien und Iran zu verfolgen. "Before setting Israel and the US on a warpath that would ultimately set the Middle East ablaze, the Clean Break authors were basically saying: Not through peace accords will the great questions of the day be decided - that was the great mistake of 1978 (at Camp David) and 1993 (at Oslo) -  but by 'divide and conquer' and regime change. By wars both aggressive ('preemptive') and 'dirty' (covert and proxy). (...) 9/11 paved the way for realizing the Clean Break, using the United States as a gigantic proxy, thanks to the Israel Lobby’s massive influence in Congress and the neocons’ newly won dominance in the Bush Administration."

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