Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Terrorism. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων
Εμφάνιση αναρτήσεων με ετικέτα Terrorism. Εμφάνιση όλων των αναρτήσεων

Τετάρτη, Δεκεμβρίου 07, 2016

Σάββατο, Φεβρουαρίου 14, 2015

Swedish cartoonist allegedly target of attack in Danish capital

An attack on the controversial artist Lars Vilks has been attempted in a cafe in the Danish capital where a debate on art, blasphemy and freedom of speech was underway, the Copenhagen police said on Saturday.

In 2007 Vilks published drawings featuring Prophet Mohammad as a fight dog.


After that, he received death threats and underwent several attempts on his life. In Copenhagen Vilks was under police protection and remained unhurt in the attack.

TV2 television channel said that three police officers were wounded and a 40-year-old participant of the debate was killed in an armed attack on the Krudttonden cafй, the venue of jazz concerts.

France’s ambassador to Denmark who was attending the event was unharmed, too.

Two masked assailants fired as many as 40 shots from automatic arms and fled in a black Volkswagen, they later abandoned in one of the city’s districts, eyewitnesses said.

Police have launched a manhunt cordoning off all the roads out of Copenhagen.

 http://tass.ru/en/world/777671
14/2/15
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Τετάρτη, Ιανουαρίου 21, 2015

Abe: Japan in 'Race Against Time' to Free Hostages Held by IS

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his country is in a "race against time" to free two hostages being held by the Islamic State group for a $200 million ransom.
Abe told reporters Wednesday in Tokyo that he has instructed officials to use every possible diplomatic channel to secure the release of Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa. 

Islamic State militants released a video Tuesday saying they would kill the men unless Japan paid the money within 72 hours, linking the threat to what they said was Japan's support for efforts to fight the group.

The prime minister said Wednesday that Japan "will never give in to terrorism." He has pledged $200 million in non-military aid to those countries affected by the Sunni extremists.

Japan is not among the countries directly participating in the coalition battling insurgents in Syria and Iraq.

However, Japanese citizens have previously been killed by Islamic militants - the most notable attack was at an Algerian gas plant in 2013 where ten Japanese died. 
   [VOA News]
   21/1/15
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  • Japan PM says will do utmost to free captives 

Japan will do its utmost to free two of its countrymen believed to be held captive by the Islamic State militant group, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters on Wednesday, adding that Tokyo would never give in to terrorism.

"I have instructed (the government) that we will exhaust all possible measures to have the two freed, using all diplomatic channels, all diplomatic routes we have built so far," Abe said.

"Our country will never give in to terrorism."

Islamic State released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill them unless it received $200 million in ransom.

   [jpost.com by Reuters]

  21/1/15

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  • Islamic State likely gave hostage ultimatum knowing difficulty of meeting it...

By giving Tokyo just 72 hours to come up with an eye-popping $200 million ransom for a pair of Japanese hostages it is threatening to kill, the Islamic State group has likely made its demand with the implicit knowledge that it won’t be met.

Instead, the group, which has seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, is likely using the situation to generate controversy and keep its name in the news, according to leading analysts.
“The Islamic State has specialized in manufacturing attention-grabbing international crises,” Joshua M. Landis, a prominent Syria analyst and the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, told The Japan Times
............http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/21/national/politics-diplomacy/islamic-state-likely-gave-hostage-ultimatum-knowing-difficulty-of-meeting-it/#.VL_LTiwYE9Q
 21/1/15

Δευτέρα, Ιανουαρίου 19, 2015

EU to work closer with Turkey,Egypt and Gulf countries to combat terrorism

EU leaders have agreed on sharing intelligence with not only member states, but also with other countries, including Turkey,Egypt and Gulf countries to combat terrorism, it was announced Monday.

The decision was made during EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels that discussed ways to combat terrorism in Europe and other parts of the world. The meeting comes in the aftermath of the deadly attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and anti-terrorism raids in Belgium.

After the meeting, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters about measures to curb terrorism. "We are looking at specific projects to launch in the coming weeks with some specific countries to increase the level of cooperation on counter-terrorism, and I would name Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria and the Gulf countries.''

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said ''everyone thinks it’s important to engage with Turkey.''

''Turkey is central in so many ways and can play a constructive role if they use their position and setting in the right way,'' Wallstrom added.

Passenger name records
EU leaders also decided to call on the European Parliament to work on implementation of the Passenger Name Record system, which would require EU member states to share information of airline passengers with other countries.

Currently, up to 16 EU countries use the record system without an EU framework.

The legislation was proposed by European regulators in 2011, but later rejected by EU Parliament’s Civil Liberties committee in April 2013. Critics argue that the record system interferes with the right to privacy and protection of personal data.

Improving communication with Arabs

Mogherini said another strategy on developing cooperation on security issues would be to improve communication with the Arab-speaking population in EU and other parts of the world.

''We need to improve our capacity to read Arabic, speak Arabic and listen to messages coming from the Arab world,'' Mogherini said. ''This is basic communication strategy we need to implement.''

Her comments came after calling for a stronger alliance with Arab countries amid deadly terror attacks and arrests across Europe. Mogherini also met Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby on Monday.

''The threat is not only the one we faced in Paris, but spreading in other parts of the world starting from Muslim countries,'' Mogherini said. ''We need to strengthen our way of cooperating, first of all, with Arab countries.''

"Good cooperation"

Mogherini said an alliance between Europe and Arab countries was needed because Muslims were mostly affected by terrorist attacks.

Mogherini said ''I've always said it is not an issue between Europe or the West and Islam."

"Terrorism and terrorist attacks are targeting most Muslims in the world, so we need an alliance, we need a dialogue there to face the issue together.''

''What we need to do is face terrorism while respecting Islam," she added.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told reporters ahead of the meeting: ''We have very good cooperation with our partners across the Arab world in counter-terrorism."

"The Muslim countries of the world are the ones who have suffered the greatest burden of terrorism. They will continue to be in the front line and we have to work closely with them to protect both those countries and European Union countries," Hammond added.

  http://www.aa.com.tr/en/headline/452668--eu-to-work-closer-with-turkey-to-combat-terrorism
19/1/15

Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 17, 2015

Greece arrests four over foiled Belgium terror attacks

At least four people were arrested in Athens on Saturday (Jan 17) as part of a probe into an extremist cell that was dismantled in Belgium this week before it could carry out any attacks, a Greek police source said.
Greece's anti-terror police were seeking to determine whether those arrested included Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the 27-year-old suspected mastermind of the cell who according to media reports may have been planning the foiled attacks from Greece.

The arrests took place in the Pangrati district of the Greek capital in the middle of the day, the source said. Several mobile phones were also seized.

European nations have arrested dozens of Islamist suspects in the wake of the Belgian anti-terror raids, during which two suspects were killed.

Belgium said the cell was planning to kill police officers.

Abaaoud, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, is a notorious extremist who spent time in Syria. His alleged involvement comes at a time of heightened fears in Europe about the threat posed by young Europeans returning home after fighting alongside extremist groups in the Middle East.

Πέμπτη, Ιανουαρίου 15, 2015

Deaths in Belgium 'anti-terror raid' (Two suspects killed and one injured in police raid)

Two people have been killed in a "counter-terrorism" raid in Verviers in eastern Belgium and the security alert level has been raised in the country, according to a Belgian prosecutor.

Magistrate Eric Van der Sypt told reporters in Brussels on Thursday that the suspects were on the verge of committing a major attack, and that they immediately opened fire on security forces.
He said in an emergency news conference that raids were under way in the Brussels region and Verviers.

"Belgium's terror alert level was raised to its second highest level," he said.

Local media reports said there were no casualties among the security forces involved.

Police closed the streets around the building where the operation was taking place, national La Libre newspaper said.

'Gunshots and explosions'

Witnesses said gunshots and several explosions were heard on a residential street in Verviers near the railway station.

"I heard a sort of explosion, followed by several gunshots," one local told RTBF.

"For the moment, I cannot tell you any more because I do not dare go out to see what is happening."

Another local resident was quoted as saying that "machineguns were firing for about 10 minutes".

The incident comes a week after the deadly attacks in Paris that killed 17 people, including journalists and police officers.

Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch claimed responsibility for the attacks in Paris on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket.

Belgian investigators said earlier on Thursday they were probing whether an arms dealer sold weapons used in the Paris attacks, after Amedy Coulibaly, one of the Paris gunmen, sold the man a car belonging to his partner Hayat Boumeddiene.

There was no immediate confirmation of any link between the Coulibaly investigation and Thursday's raid.

The man, Neetin Farasula, from the airport city of Charleroi in French-speaking southern Belgium, is in detention on suspicion of a possible link to the weapons used in the Paris attacks.

Belgian prosecutors are working with French authorities to find out any "possible link" to last week's attacks, the AFP news agency said.
 [aljazeera.com]
15/1/15
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Δευτέρα, Ιανουαρίου 12, 2015

France deploys police, soldiers: 15,000 security personnel protect ‘sensitive’ sites

France is deploying 15,000 police and security forces to bolster security around "sensitive" sites and Jewish schools in the country, in the wake of Islamist attacks that left 17 dead, authorities said Monday.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that 10,000 soldiers would be called up from Tuesday to protect "sensitive sites in the whole country from tomorrow (Tuesday) evening," given the "scale of threats" to France.

The troop deployment would come on top of 5,000 police and security forces already mobilized Monday to protect some 717 schools and Jewish sites in the country.

The Jewish community has been particularly shaken by Friday's attack on the kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, which came just two days after two other gunmen -Said Kouachi and his brother Cherif Kouachi - stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, slaughtering 12 people.

Le Drian unveiled the fresh measures after an emergency meeting called by President Francois Hollande as attention turned to preventing a repeat of France's bloodiest attacks in half a century.

"This is the first time that our troops have been mobilized to such an extent on our own soil," the minister said, adding that he would prefer not to list the sites which are deemed sensitive.

Ahead of the meeting, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said one of the attackers, Amedy Coulibaly, who gunned down a policewoman and four Jewish shoppers at a kosher supermarket, likely received help from others.

"I don't want to say more, but investigations are continuing into these attacks, this barbaric terrorist acts. We think there are in fact probably accomplices," Valls told French radio. "The hunt will go on."

Valls admitted there were "clear failings" after it emerged that the Kouachi brothers had been on a US terror watch list "for years."

Said was known to have travelled to Yemen in 2011, where he received weapons training from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, while Cherif was a known jihadist who was convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq.

France turns its attention Monday to plugging security holes blamed for failing to prevent the deadliest terrorist attack on the country in half a century, after millions united in historic rallies.

As it emerged that Cherif met Coulibaly in prison, Valls said France would move to isolate Islamist detainees from the rest of the prisoner population, so as to prevent jails from being used as a breeding ground for radicals. This measure "must become widespread" but "it must be done discerningly and intelligently," he said.

AFP - globaltimes.cn
12/1/15
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Σάββατο, Ιανουαρίου 10, 2015

Massive rallies across France in memory of terrorist victims (video YT)

An estimated 700,000 took to the streets in cities across France Saturday to hold silent marches in memory of the 17 people who died in several terrorist attacks during one of the most traumatic and emotional weeks for the country in living memory.

According to local officials in the southern city of Nice, 30,000 people marched along the famous Promenade des Anglais on the beachfront, holding placards reading the now familiar message: “Je Suis Charlie”.


“Make the most of this silent march because we are a people who will never stay quiet,” another sign read.

There were similar scenes a few hundred kilometers west in Toulouse, where around 120,000 people took to the streets, according to police figures, in a city of 440,000 residents.

In Pau, in the southwest, some 30,000 people turned out to march – almost half the town’s population of 80,000.

Around 75,000 marched in Nantes in western France behind a banner reading “Living together, free, equal and united”, and in Orleans (population: 113,000), 22,000 took part in another silent vigil.

Demonstrations also took place in Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Lyon and numerous other towns and cities across the country.

In total, around 700,000 people took part in the marches across the country, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Saturday’s marches were just a small taste of what is to come with a vast demonstration set to be held in the capital Paris on Sunday. More than a million people are expected to attend, including President François Hollande and several other heads of state from around the world.

‘An exceptional moment’

The marches are a chance for French people to come together in both grief and determination following one of the darkest weeks in the country’s recent history that started with the murder of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

The two gunmen in that attack were killed in a dramatic end to a hostage siege near Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport Friday.

Seconds later, police stormed a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris where a gunman held several people captive. The gunman was killed, but four hostages also lost their lives in the siege.

But though the worst may now be over, fears remained acute and security levels were kept at France's highest level Saturday, the fact that the girlfriend of the gunman killed in the supermarket siege remained at large a cause for particular concern.

Hundreds of extra troops were deployed around Paris, beefing up security on the eve of Sunday’s march.

But those who took to the streets were keen to show they would not be cowed.

“I’m in my ninth month of pregnancy and, being pregnant, it’s even more important to defend our values of liberty, equality and fraternity, said one woman at the march in Nice, 29-year-old Piérine. “I want my child to be born into a better world.”

“I never demonstrate “, added Emmanuell, 48. “It is an important and exceptional moment – to defend certain right and to pay our respects to the French citizens who have died."

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)
http://www.france24.com/en/20150110-vast-rallies-across-france-memory-terrorist-victims-charlie-hebdo/
10/1/15
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Τρίτη, Δεκεμβρίου 23, 2014

France deploys extra army patrols in wake of attacks

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday said France had deployed 300 extra troops to patrol public areas over the Christmas period following a spate of attacks on police officers and shoppers.

In an announcement broadcast on live TV, Valls said he appreciated that the “deeply shocking” events had “understandably created great concerns”, but insisted that “each event must be treated separately”.


In a separate statement Tuesday, French President François Hollande urged citizens “not to panic” in the wake of the attacks.

The latest incident on Monday evening in the western city of Nantes saw a driver plough into a Christmas market, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself repeatedly. One person later died of injuries sustained during the attack, Hollande announced on Tuesday.

The incident came a day after a similar attack in Dijon, eastern France, which saw 13 pedestrians hurt.

And on Saturday, a man was shot dead after walking into a police station in the central town of Joue-les-Tours and attacking three officers with a knife, two of whom were seriously injured.

The man, a Burundian convert to Islam, reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") during the assault and had recently posted a flag of the Islamic State group on his Facebook page, prompting concerns that the attack was motivated by Islamic extremism.

Attackers had ‘psychological problems’

In his live broadcast, Valls said that there were “concerns of copycat incidents” and that “mentally deranged people may be influenced by propaganda messages”.

Valls announced that “up to 300” extra soldiers would be deployed on anti-terrorist “Vigipirate” patrols in busy areas, adding to the large number of troops, policemen and gendarmes already involved in active operations across France.

Earlier on Tuesday, Valls told Europe 1 radio that there was "no link" between the incidents and that both car rampages appeared to have been committed by people with psychological problems.

"The best response is to continue to live peacefully with the necessary vigilance of course," he added.

‘Fear over Christmas’

While the motives behind the incidents remain unclear, the violence has jarred nerves after repeated jihadist calls for "lone wolf" action in France over its fight against Islamic extremism.

"Fear over Christmas" titled local daily Le Parisien, while Le Figaro newspaper wrote a front-page editorial headlined "enemies within”.

In September, the radical Islamic State group that controls swathes of Iraq and Syria urged Muslims around the world to kill "in any manner" those from countries involved in a coalition fighting its jihadists, singling out the French.

Among instructions detailing how to kill civilians or military personnel was to "run him over with your car”.

But while the probe into Saturday's knife attack is veering towards extremism the two car rampages appear to have been committed by "unbalanced" people.

Both prosecutors in charge of probing the driving incidents insisted they were not "terrorist acts".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

http://www.france24.com/en/20141223-attacks-rampaging-drivers-france-not-linked-pm-says/
23/12/14

Τρίτη, Δεκεμβρίου 09, 2014

US Senate report finds CIA interrogations 'far more brutal' than agency admitted

"Enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, the declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee has found.
The report said the CIA misled the public and government policymakers about the effectiveness of the programme, which ran from 2002 to 2006 and involved questioning Al-Qaeda and other captives around the world.

The report prepared by the Intelligence Committee after a five-year investigation said the techniques used were "far more brutal" than the CIA ever told policymakers or the public.
"This document examines the CIA's secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques - in some cases amounting to torture," committee chair Dianne Feinstein said.

Speaking on the Senate Floor, Senator Feinstein said that the findings fell into four main categories:
  • (1) that the so-called "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" were not an effective way of acquiring effective intelligence that was otherwise unattainable.
  • (2) that the CIA provided extensive amounts of inaccurate information about the interrogation programme to the White House, to Congress, to the Department of State, to the media and to the American public.
  • (3) that CIA management of the programme was inadequate and deeply flawed.
  • (4) that the techniques involved were far more brutal than anyone had been led to believe.

The report, which runs to 6,700 pages, however, the committee also published a declassified executive summary of around 500 pages.
Senator Feinstein said the committee had found that at least 26 of them were wrongfully held.
She described how detainees were often stripped naked, made to wear nappies and put in stress positions from the moment they arrived in secret overseas locations. 
Detainees were also deprived of sleep for days, and she referred to one case of an individual who was kept awake for seven and a half straight days.
Specific examples of brutality by CIA interrogators cited in the report include the November 2002 death from hypothermia of a detainee who had been held partially nude and chained to a concrete floor at a secret CIA prison.
Commenting on the report US President Barack Obama said it “documents a troubling program involving enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects in secret facilities outside the United States.
"It reinforces my long-held view that these harsh methods were not only inconsistent with our values as nation, they did not serve our broader counterterrorism efforts or our national security interests.
"Moreover, these techniques did significant damage to America's standing in the world and made it harder to pursue our interests with allies and partners," he added in a statement.
"That is why I will continue to use my authority as president to make sure we never resort to those methods again.
"That is why I unequivocally banned torture when I took office, because one of our most effective tools in fighting terrorism and keeping Americans safe is staying true to our ideals."
The report describes one secret CIA prison, whose location is not identified, as a "dungeon" where detainees were kept in total darkness, constantly shackled in isolated cells, bombarded with loud noise or music, and given only a bucket in which to relieve themselves.
It says that during one of the 83 occasions on which he was subjected to a simulated drowning technique the CIA called "waterboarding," an Al-Qaeda detainee known as Abu Zubaydah became "completely unresponsive with bubbles rising through his open full mouth," though he later was revived.
CIA Director John Brennan acknowledged that the CIA detention and interrogation programme "had shortcomings and that the agency made mistakes" but the agency pushed back against the panel's criticism.
The agency insists that information gleaned from detainees held and questioned in the CIA programme "advanced the strategic and tactical understanding of the enemy in ways that continue to inform counter-terrorism efforts to this day".
It was unclear whether the report would lead to further attempts to hold those involved accountable. The legal statute of limitations has passed for many of the actions.

Security stepped up at US facilities worldwide
Preparing for a worldwide outcry from the publication of the graphic details, the White House and US intelligence officials said they had beefed up security of US facilities worldwide.
The report charts the history of the CIA's "Rendition, Detention and Interrogation" programme, which President George W. Bush authorised after the 9/11 attacks.......................http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1209/665563-cia-report/
9/12/14
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Παρασκευή, Ιουλίου 04, 2014

Secret UK plan to "train 100,000 Syria rebels" exposed. (at bases in Turkey and Jordan)

A plan to train and equip a 100,000-strong rebel army to defeat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was drawn up by Britain, then scrapped as it was deemed too risky, BBC Newsnight reported on Thursday.
The alleged proposal, put forward two years ago, was the idea of General David Richards, then chief of Britain's defense, according to the BBC.

The secret "extract, equip, train" proposal was considered by Prime Minister David Cameron and the National Security Council, as well as U.S. officials, the BBC said, citing Whitehall sources.


As part of Richards’ proposal, the “substantial army” of moderate Syrian rebels would have been trained at bases in Turkey and Jordan.
The United Nations says some 10.8 million people in Syria need assistance, of which 4.7 million are in hard-to-reach areas, while another three million have fled during the three-year uprising against Assad.


Some believe the opportunity to carry out such an initiative has been missed.
  • Professor Michael Clarke, of the Royal United Services Institute think tank, told the BBC: "We have missed the opportunity to train an anti-Assad force that would have real influence in Syria when he is removed, as he will be.

"I think there was an opportunity two or three years ago to have become involved in a reasonably positive way, but it was dangerous and swimming against the broader tide of history… and the costs and the uncertainties were very high."
  • Some 400 British nationals are thought to be fighting in Syria, in what could constitute a crime under UK terrorism legislation.

Last Update: Friday, 4 July 2014 KSA 09:08 - GMT 06:08 
[english.alarabiya.net] 
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Τετάρτη, Μαΐου 28, 2014

Obama makes defiant defense of US restraint. Terrorism remains biggest threat to US

US President Barack Obama mounted a defiant defense of his global leadership Wednesday, rebuking critics who see him as weak but warning that not every global threat justifies a US military response.

In a major speech at the West Point military academy, Obama denied US power had ebbed under his watch, after he withdrew troops from Iraq and is doing the same in Afghanistan.

He also pledged to ramp up support for Syrian rebels, vowed to stand up to Russia over Ukraine and promised to make drone strikes against terror suspects more transparent.



He vowed to hold China accountable to international "rules of the road" in the South China Sea and elsewhere.

"To say that we have an interest in pursuing peace and freedom beyond our borders is not to say that every problem has a military solution," Obama said.

"Since World War II, some of our most costly mistakes came not from our restraint, but from our willingness to rush into military adventures - without thinking through the consequences," Obama said, in an apparent reference to the Iraq war, which he has branded a disaster.

The president's speech came with his foreign policy, which was once seen as a political asset, under assault from critics who believe he is being outmaneuvered by strongmen like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Here's my bottom line: America must always lead on the world stage. If we don't, no one else will. The military ... is, and always will be, the backbone of that leadership."

Obama was particularly exercised by those who complain he should have deployed the US military in Syria or made a more robust strategic response to Russia's annexation of Ukraine, or who complain that he has left Iraq or Afghanistan to fend for themselves.

"Tough talk often draws headlines but war rarely conforms to slogans," Obama said.

"But US military action cannot be the only, or even primary, component of our leadership in every instance.

"Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail," Obama told a graduation ceremony at the college.

"And because the costs associated with military action are so high, you should expect every civilian leader - and especially your commander in chief - to be clear about how that awesome power should be used."

Obama said he was "haunted" by the deaths of American servicemen under his watch - including some who attended previous commencement ceremonies he had given at West Point.

Obama also made an implicit defense of his decision to call off military strikes on Syria at the last minute last year to punish chemical weapons strikes.

Critics at home and abroad warned that the decision left dangerous questions about whether Washington would stand up to "red lines" elsewhere in the world.

"I would betray my duty to you, and to the country we love, if I sent you into harm's way simply because I saw a problem somewhere in the world that needed fixing, or because I was worried about critics who think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak," he told the graduates.

Yu Wanli, a professor of international relations at Peking University, said the US military still enjoys supremacy globally, and Washington's military spending accounts for nearly half the world's total.

"As early as in 2008, Obama said during his campaign that he opposed a foreign policy that is dependant on military intervention," Yu said. "The view has been carried on till today. It was reflected in Obama's dealing with the crises in Syria and Ukraine."

In his speech, Obama also said that terrorism remained the biggest national security threat to the US and unveiled a new $5 billion fund to equip and train allies on the front lines of the struggle against terrorism, for instance in Africa.

He also defended his decision to leave nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan for a year after combat troops leave at the end of this year, and to gradually reduce the presence to a detachment of troops at the US Embassy in Kabul by the end of 2016, just before he leaves office. 

 [globaltimes.cn]
28-29/5/14

Σάββατο, Φεβρουαρίου 01, 2014

Germany seeks bigger role on global issues

Following years of restraint in foreign policy, Germany seemed to be rethinking its role on international issues, as shown by remarks of its leaders and senior officials on Friday, the first day of the 50th Munich Security Conference.

"Are we doing what we can to stabilize our neighborhood in the east and in Africa? Are we doing what we should to counter the dangers of terrorism? What role do we want to play in crisis in distant parts of the world?" asked President Joachim Gauck at the opening of the three-day conference.

Addressing top decision-makers from around the world, the president said that despite domestic debates that more responsibilities would mean more trouble, Germany should do more to guarantee global security.


"There are people in Germany that use the guilt for the past as a shield for laziness or desire for disengagement in the world," he said, adding that Germany could not hope to be spared of world conflicts and that consequences of inaction could be as serious as, if not worse than, the consequence of taking action.

"Germany should make a more substantial contribution, and should make it earlier and more decisively if it wants to be a good partner," Gauck said.

His remarks was echoed by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, who said in the conference that Germany was ready to shoulder more responsibilities.

Germany would remain engaged in the north of Afghanistan "to support Afghanistan on its own path towards stability and peace," she said, adding that her country was also willing to support an upcoming mission of the European Union (EU) in the Central African Republic.

"Indifference is not an option for Germany," said von der Leyen. "As a major economy and a country of significant size, we have a strong interest in international peace and stability. Given these facts, the federal government is prepared to enhance our international responsibility."

Earlier this month, the minister said she aimed to increase German armed forces deployed abroad. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also said in an interview on Thursday that Germany should be more involved in handling conflicts.

In a speech scheduled for Saturday in the conference, Steinmeier will explain more about Germany's foreign policy.

German top officials' recent remarks are expected to be welcomed by the country's western allies, which have been annoyed by Germany's military restraint. A recent poll, however, showed that more than half of Germans do not want to send troops abroad. 

 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/840475.shtml#.Uuzah_tTNqg
1/2/14

Δευτέρα, Δεκεμβρίου 30, 2013

IOC Confident of Safe, Secure Games in Sochi despite Terror Spree/Sécurité des JO 2014: le CIO confiant malgré les attentats de Volgograd

After two deadly suicide bombs in two days in Russia's Volgograd, the International Olympic Committee president has voiced confidence Russian authorities will deliver "safe and secure" Games in Sochi.

Thomas Bach wrote to President Vladimir Putin to express condolences for the two deadly attacks that struck Volgograd within 24 hours.

In his letter to Putin, Bach said he was "certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games", which open on 7 February.



Suicide bombings in Volgograd, Russia, have put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat the country faces as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February.

A blast on a trolleybus Monday killed at least 14 people, officials said. A day earlier, a bombing killed at least 17 at the city's main railway station.
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=156835#sthash.C3O41m40.dpuf
30/12/13

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  • Sécurité des JO 2014: le CIO confiant malgré les attentats de Volgograd 

Le président du Comité international olympique (CIO) Thomas Bach s'est dit persuadé que la Russie garantirait la sécurité des Jeux olympiques d'hiver 2014 malgré les récents attentats de Volgograd, rapportent les médias internationaux.

M.Bach a condamné les attaques terroristes de Volgograd, les qualifiant d'ignobles, avant d'exprimer sa confiance au gouvernement russe capable de tout faire "pour que les Jeux olympiques de Sotchi se déroulent bien pour les athlètes et les participants", selon un communiqué du CIO.

Le président du CIO a annoncé avoir écrit au président russe Vladimir Poutine pour lui présenter ses condoléances.

  • La ville de Volgograd, où deux attentats à l'explosif ont fait plus de 30 morts dimanche et lundi, se trouve à 650 km au nord-est de Sotchi, la ville hôte des Jeux olympiques d'hiver 2014.
http://fr.ria.ru/sotchi2014/20131230/200142719.html
30/12/13

Πέμπτη, Οκτωβρίου 10, 2013

Türkisches Parlament verlängert Mandat für Militäroperationen im Nordirak/Turkish Parliament approves northern Iraq motion despite opposition from BDP.

Das türkische Parlament hat das Mandat für Militäroperationen im Nordirak und für die Entsendung von Soldaten in die Krisenregion nach TV-Angaben um ein Jahr verlängert.

Im Rahmen des Kampfes gegen den Terrorismus hatte die Regierung in Ankara das Parlament zuvor ersucht, das am 17. Oktober auslaufende Mandat zu prolongieren, wie der türkische Fernsehsender NTV am Donnerstag berichtete. Die türkische Armee führt regelmäßig Operationen im Nordirak gegen die kurdischen Extremisten durch, die sich in der Region verschanzt haben. Es geht hauptsächlich um Luftangriffe auf die Positionen der Kurden.


Ihre grenzüberschreitenden Operationen begründet die türkische Armee mit einer „offenen Gefahr, die von der Arbeiterpartei Kurdistans ausgeht“. Die Terroristen gefährdeten die Ruhe des türkischen Volkes sowie die nationale Sicherheit und die territoriale Integrität des Landes. Zugleich wird in dem Antrag der Regierung betont, dass die Türkei auf die Erhaltung der Stabilität und der nationale Sicherheit des Irak setzt.

Anfang Oktober hatte die türkische Regierung ein ähnliches Mandat in Bezug auf Syrien erhalten, von dessen Territorium türkische Siedlungen mehrmals beschossen worden waren.
http://de.ria.ru/security_and_military/20131010/267052461.html
10/10/13

  • Turkish Parliament approves northern Iraq motion
A government motion to extend the Turkish military’s authority for cross-border operations against members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) settled in northern Iraq was approved by Parliament Oct. 10 with the majority of votes except from Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) lawmakers.

“This motion is part of our comprehensive efforts to put an end to terror. We will both achieve higher democratic standards for our country and we will be prepared for possible attacks of the PKK terrorist organization. The success of the resolution process [of the Kurdish issue] depends on a stance giving no concession to terrorism,” Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz said in Parliament during the debates.

Parliament has been authorizing cross-border operations into northern Iraq since 2007 and authorization has been extending the mandate each year. The motion authorizes the government to determine the scale, scope and timing of military action. The current mandate expires Oct. 17.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) fully supported the motion. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) also approved the bill although some deputies voted against it. CHP deputy chair Sezgin Tanrıkulu declared that he would not attend the voting at the General Assembly. CHP lawmaker Hüseyin Aygün also announced that he and Veli Ağbaba, Özgür Özel, Refik Eryılmaz and a number of CHP deputies would vote against the motion.

Speaking during the debates at the general assembly, BDP lawmaker Nazmi Gür harshly condemned the bill, indicating that adopting “a motion for war” during a “peace process” demonstrated the government’s contradictory attitude.

“The government brought the war motion forward at a time when negotiations [with the PKK] should be broadened. This is a contradictory attitude toward the peace process. That means government intends to put an end to efforts for peace and resolution. The motion will disrupt the deadlocked peace process,” Gür said. “If we are in a peace process, why has the government pushed for that motion? This motion clearly shows that the AKP intends to maintain war with other methods,” he added.

The MHP, nevertheless, claimed that government was aiming to use the motion as a “bargaining element.” “We will vote for this motion to enable you to strike terrorists, not to use as a bargaining element. We don’t approve of your foreign policy but we back this motion for the improvement of the operational capability of the Turkish Armed Forces,” MHP lawmaker Tuğrul Türkeş said during parliamentary debates.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-parliament-approves-northern-iraq-motion-despite-opposition-from-bdp.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56046&NewsCatID=338
10/10/13

Πέμπτη, Σεπτεμβρίου 12, 2013

Dramatic report: Inside the battle for Syria's ancient Christian village (VIDEO RT).


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Anti-Assad rebels have been forced out of many parts of Syria’s ancient Christian village of Maaloula, but the fighting there remains heavy, RT correspondent Maria Finoshina reports from the scene.
After arriving in the center of the village Wednesday, Maria Finoshina and the RT camera crew saw signs of a recent battle and heard shelling, but received a warm welcome from smiling and relieved Syrian Army soldiers, who said the village was freed from jihadists. The claim would later in the day turn out to be premature.


Al-Nusra Front fighters first attacked the village last Wednesday. The following seven days saw Maaloula torn between the rebels and government forces, with both occasionally gaining control over the village. 

Some residents, who claim rebels have resorted to looting, executions and forcing residents to convert to Islam, chose to join the Army to defend their village. Among them, Saba Ubeid, a store owner, said when filmed by RT in 2012 that he was sure the rebels would never come to the village. This time he was armed with a gun and fought alongside Syrian soldiers. 

“They sent terrorists here from all corners of the world to kill Syrian people and each other. Why? I ask the world, why?” he cried out.  “While in Europe if a citizen is simply slapped in his face, there'll be a scandal. While Syrians – how many victims, how many hundreds of thousands have been slaughtered? When it will stop?”
 http://rt.com/news/syria-chistian-vallage-fighting-766/
12/9/13 
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  • In Ma’loula: Ringing Bells and Worshipers, Not Barricades and Slaughterers....

Director of the Catholic Information Center, Father Abdo Abu Kasam, said that what happened in the Syrian town of Ma'loula is the result of violence and the senseless war under the guise of democracy and freedoms.

In a statement he made to Al-Manar Website Friday, Abu Kasam wondered: "What freedoms they are seeking in a time when churches are violated and houses of worship are burnt which is supposed to be a place to build love."

"Attacking the holy sites of Christianity affects the Christian heritage and entity. Ma'loula is an ancient city which houses monasteries and not barricades, where you hear the bells ringing not the sound of guns, where people pray and do not slaughter," the Father told Al-Manar Website.

"Pope Francis has called on the international community, the G20 leaders, the United Nations and the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See to say 'stop the violence in Syria and come to establish and build a culture of peace and stand against the war which would be launched on Syria and to help its people instead' just like the Pope did when he called for a day of prayer for Syria," Abu Kasam went on to say.

Abu Kasam stressed that "war only generates war and violence only generates violence."

"Do Muslims accept the churches to be violated?", Abu Kasam asked, adding that he was waiting for an official stance of the Islamic clerics, pointing out that Islam is a religion of mercy and not of cracking, killing and slaughter.

"Come to meet for the one word to build a culture of peace among ourselves," Father Abu Kasam concluded, calling upon those who support the armed groups in Syria to reconsider their accounts and learn more on those whom they support, feed and finance.
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=109459&cid=23&fromval=1
7/9/13

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  • Jihadists Force Syria Christian ’to Convert at Gunpoint’...

Jihadists who overran Syria's ancient town of Ma'loula last week disparaged Christians as "Crusaders" and forced at least one person to convert to Islam at gunpoint, say residents who fled the town.

Many of Ma'loula people left after a first militant assault knocked out an army checkpoint at the entrance to the strategic town on September 4. Some went to a nearby village and others to Damascus, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) to the south.

One of them, Marie, was still frightened as she spoke of that day.

"They arrived in our town at dawn... and shouted 'We are from the Al-Nusra Front and have come to make lives miserable for the Crusaders," an Islamist term for Christians, Marie said in Damascus, where she and hundreds of others attended the burial Tuesday of three Christian fighters who belong to the public committees.

Ma'loula is one of the most renowned Christian towns in Syria, and many of its inhabitants speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

Home to around 5,000 people, it is strategically important for rebels, who are trying to tighten their grip around the capital.

Security sources stress that the Syrian militants still deploy in Ma'loula, although the militants had announced yesterday that they would withdraw from the town in case the Syrian army did not return to it.

Syrian militants were still positioned in a historic Christian town near Damascus on Wednesday, a day after they announced they were ready to withdraw, a security source told Agence France Presse.

"The army has not yet retaken Ma'loula. The battles are raging on, but (the army) is making progress," the source said.

"The insurgents till hold some positions inside Ma'loula and its surroundings," the source added.

The militant groups announced on Tuesday they would withdraw from Ma'loula, but that this was "conditional" on army troops not taking their place.

The Syrian insurgents had invaded Ma'loula last week, targeting the civilians and the churches before the Syrian army started his campaign to regain the peaceful town.
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=109888&cid=23&fromval=1
11/9/13
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