24/10/2013

Merkel’s phone tapped by the American intelligence services

24.10.2013

Germany summons US ambassador over Merkel phone spying
BY EUOBSERVER

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle Thursday summoned the US ambassador over reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was tapped by the American intelligence services, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said. Opposition parties are criticising Merkel for reacting only when it comes to her own privacy, not that of millions of Germans.

http://euobserver.com/tickers/121888

http://www.fas.org/irp/official.html

17/05/2013

Latest News Syria: German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich

Syria.German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich .jpgGerman Official: Up to 700 Europeans Fighting with Terrorists in Syria 

May 17, 2013

Up to 700 Europeans are fighting with the armed terrorist groups in Syria, mainly as militant Islamists, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said, warning that the militants could return as "homegrown terrorists".

The British the Guardian newspaper quoted Friedrich as calling for a controversial new policy that would temporarily prevent those persons from re-entering Europe.

The paper said that in the first disclosures of western intelligence from an EU government about Europeans fighting in Syria, senior German officials said they knew of up to 40 people who had left Germany for fighting since last summer. Most of them had German passports.

While German security services monitor the situation closely, the German interior ministry has banned three Salafist organizations in the past year, the fighters could not be stopped from leaving Germany because it could not be proved that they were going to Syria, the officials said.

The paper added that the interior ministry is worried that the fighters will return to Germany where they could operate as "homegrown terrorists" and is pushing for pan-European action to diminish that risk. The chances of success, however, look limited.

According to the paper, Friedrich intends to raise the issue at a meeting of EU governments next month, he will ask for a two-year re-entry ban to the EU for the suspected Islamists. However, it may be difficult legally to keep them out as most of them carry passports from EU countries, many will often have families in the countries concerned and may have had jobs and entitlements in the EU.

A year-long survey by King's College London of more than 200 jihadist-linked websites and hundreds of Arab and western press reports found last month that up to 600 individuals from 14 countries including the UK, Austria, Spain, Sweden and Germany had taken part in the conflict since it began more than two years ago.

The largest contingent, the study found, came from the UK, with estimates of fighters running between 28 and 134. Based on their populations, the figures for Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland –with about 200 fighters between them.

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http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/05/17/482684.htm

02/04/2013

German NATO propagandist injured in Syria

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April 2, 2013

The German ARD correspondent Jörg Armbruster (media bias), known as one of the biggest war promoter from the war in Libya and Syria, was injured in Syria while he tried to produce another biased documentation for the German television.

The correspondent of the German state television media channels, Jörg Armbruster, became famous for his promotion of the war in Libya and his biased stories about the situation and events in Syria. Some also call him a direct mouthpiece of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other NATO countries – in order to sell the typical NATO propaganda to the German television viewer.
But the German correspondent Armbruster has not only used these channels to sell the false propaganda about Libya and Syria to the German television viewers, he also wrote a book and used all other ways to promote the NATO propaganda and to boost his own career. He is known as a careerist and twaddler for money in the German circle of journalists.
This goes so far that even some colleagues of the same German channel call him a propagandist and, as said, careerist. Both belongs probably together – promote the NATO propaganda and you won`t have problems in your career in Germany.
It is really unfortunate that Jörg Armbruster was injured in Syria but this happens when you stay with armed Jihadists and mercenaries. Of course, the Department of Psychological Warfare of the German state television and the attached corporate and state media are hypocritical whining about the wounded and great German correspondent Armbruster. The whining, mixed with propaganda, on the websites of several German media agencies like ARD and ZDF is unbearable.
The German correspondent and war promoter Jörg Armbruster was and is always one of the leading “embedded” war propagandists. Not only in Syria and Libya, but also in Egypt. Armbruster was always on the side of the aggressors. One good example of his lies is the moment when Armbruster blamed the troops of the former Libyan leader Gaddafi (Qaddafi) for a massacre, although the armed terrorists and Islamists of NATO were guilty for this massacre in Libya. But that´s the way Armbruster worked and works – as long as he was and is able to serve the NATO propaganda.

This correspondent from Germany is also one of these so-called journalists who is a huge fan of the Muslim Brotherhood. When he stayed in the Egyptian capital Cairo, he was sometimes seen with some figures of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood having dinner.
The Muslim Brotherhood, corrupt to the bones and always trying to misuse Islam for political goals, are currently considered as an organisation which probably should be forbidden by the Egyptian Supreme Judge. In the Emirates, the Muslim Brotherhood is on trial for conspiracy. In Syria? The Muslim Brotherhood is guilty for many crimes already. And so on. There are no “moderate Islamists”. This new name for the heads of the rotten Muslim Brotherhood is just an invention by such biased correspondents like the German Jörg Armbruster.
He was treated in Turkey and then flown back to Germany after he was injured in crossfire while he tried to make another propaganda-documentary about the “Arab Spring” – including Syria, of course.
Some might wonder who has actually issued him the visa for Syria and how great must the indoctrination be when a pensioner still risks his life for NATO propaganda? But the second question might be easy to answer; as said, he has always been a careerist who stops at nothing. The first question? The usual problems in and about Syria.

http://www.syrianews.cc/german-correspondent-armbruster-wounded-syria/

26/02/2013

War on Syria: arms industry

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From 1959 to 1967 West-Germany was a significant supplier of military equipment and arms to Israel.

In 2003 already, Germany was considered one of Israel’s closest defense allies and it sold  - for a symbolic fee – three advanced “Dolphin” nuclear-capable submarines to Israel. Germany utilized the Israeli-designed Spike Anti-Tank Missile. In the same year, Israel’s air force has held exercises with the United States and Turkey.

On November 8th, 2005, Germany confirmed that it had agreed to sell nearly 300 Leopard 2 tanks battle tanks to Turkey.

In 2008, it was revealed that Germany and Israel had been jointly developing a nuclear warning system, dubbed Operation Bluebird, in secret.

In early July 2011, Der Spiegel revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet approved the delivery of more than 200 of Leopard 2A7+ model tanks to Saudi Arabia.

On November 25, 2012, Turkey’s tank fleet was made up of American M-48s and M-60s, some of which have been modernized with Israeli cooperation into M-60 Sabra tanks, plus a large contingent of  German Leopard 1s and Leopard 2s. That was hardy surprising. America and Germany are Turkey’s 2 most important geopolitical relationships.

On December 4th 2012, NATO agreed to send Patriot missiles to Turkey.

On December 14th, 2012, German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Israeli drones (“Herons”) are repainted for several years in the colors of Germany and used by NATO for its war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Some German pilots that are part of NATO operations in Afghanistan are in Israel for training on special reconnaissance drones. The drones are so ‘accurately’ adjusted that numerous citizens in Afghanistan and Pakistan are killed or  seriously injured.

Germany is Israel’s largest trading partner in Europe and Israel’s second most important trading partner after the United States. Israeli imports from Germany amount to some USD 2.3 billion annually, while Israel is Germany’s fourth largest trading partner in the North Africa/Middle East region.

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Germany is once again a leader in the world arms industry
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2010/03/germ-m31.html

Israel’s arms industry is completely dependent on the co-operation of the EU and NATO
http://disarmtheconflict.wordpress.com/israeli-arms/israe...

By buying Israeli weapons, Europe supports the Israeli military industry
http://disarmtheconflict.wordpress.com/israeli-arms/israe...

Israel’s now one of top arms exporters
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Security-Industry/2012/0...

Israel Weapon Industries
http://www.israel-weapon.com/

Arms industry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry

Photo Gallery: Germany’s Booming Arms Industry
http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/photo-gallery-germany-s...

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17/12/2012

German pilots in Israel - German troops and missiles in Turkey

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German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

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'Ein Shemer Air Base - History's Twist: German Pilots Seek Jewish Help'

As World War Two raged in the years before Israel’s founding, colonial British planes were scrambled here to fend off German forces. Now the German Luftwaffe is back, preparing for a far more remote fight with the modern equipment and expertise of the Jewish state established after the Nazi Holocaust.

Worried by insurgent ambushes on its soldiers in Afghanistan and return fire that sometimes kills civilians or local allies, Germany last year ordered a small fleet of Israeli Heron spy drones designed to provide real-time images above a battlefield.

That has brought German jet pilots to coastal Ein Shemer air base for accelerated retraining on the unmanned propeller planes, already daubed with their flag and Iron Cross emblem.

“It’s for the need of the ground troops, for our own protection, like convoy protection,” said a Luftwaffe (airforce) major, who formerly flew a Tornado fighter-bomber on Afghan reconnaissance missions and could not be named due to military secrecy.

“In Afghanistan it’s really hard to compare the good guys from the bad guys. So you have to surveil them a long time.”

Israel is a pioneer of combat drones, having deployed them in Lebanon in the Palestinian territories. Heron’s manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), says it is also used by Canadian, French and Australian forces in Afghanistan.

Yet the fact Israeli know-how may now be saving German military lives offers up a unique historical irony lost on none.

The Defence Ministry in Berlin declined to allow the Luftwaffe trainees to be interviewed about such symbolism, but one of them described how they took time off to visit the central Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Dressed in civilian clothes while in Israel, trainees on an earlier course stood at attention for annual commemorations in April of the six million Jews killed in the Nazi genocide.

JEWISH PRIDE

“As a Jew, I felt very proud at this specific moment,” said Tomer Koriat, deputy director of the IAI training programme, who praised the Germans’ mastery of the Heron within intensive courses lasting just three-and-a-half weeks.

“All of us have learned that today we are talking about another Germany than what we used to know ... A very, very good friend, if not the best friend of Israel today in the world.”

Germany has become a key ally of Israel despite Berlin’s criticism of its Palestinian policies.

While the United States regularly conducts drone air strikes in Afghanistan and on suspected insurgent bases in neighbouring Pakistan, its allies are generally limited to using the planes for unarmed surveillance.

This is especially true for Germany. Although it has the third-biggest NATO Afghan contingent—some 4,300 personnel—it often appears uncomfortable with being involved in hostilities while World War Two is still a living memory.

“We’re kept to ‘recce’ (reconnaissance) missions only. We’re the good guys,” joked another Luftwaffe major at Ein Shemer.

He recalled how, flying a Heron on a hunt for IAI staff posing as Taliban guerrillas in the surrounding cotton fields, the high-resolution camera spotted two boys in a fistfight. “I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so I just pulled away.”

Each Heron costs about $10 million, depending on the sophistication of its equipment and the ground control booth. In a boon for spartan Afghan crews, the drone is designed to land and take off automatically.

Israelis are barred by Afghanistan, so IAI ceded maintenance services to German partner firm Rheinmetall Defence.

The former Tornado pilot spoke wistfully of his time in the clouds but said being grounded to fly Herons is just as vital.

“All of the time you have to be really certain what you do, because it has a real effect,” he said. “It’s not like a computer game - ‘Game Over’.”

http://www.vosizneias.com/60926/2010/07/27/60926/

War on Syria: Israeli drones repainted in colors of Germany

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“Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany

The drones (unmanned aircraft) used by NATO to bomb Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are designed by Israel. The Israelis are denied entry into Afghanistan, but nevertheless, the Israeli drones provide ‘security’ for the coalition in Afghanistan. Israeli drones are used by Canada, France, Australia and Germany in Afghanistan. Today, Israeli specialists are on the air base at Ein Shemer for training the flight of “Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany. Many of Israeli military products are standard NATO-compatible.

German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu

02/11/2012

Syria News: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan visits Germany...

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Turkey is a historical ally of Germany

Turkey was favoured as a potential ally by Hitler because of its important strategic location on the boundaries of Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as its extensive history as a state hostile against the Russian Empire as well as the later Soviet Union.

To assure that Germany wanted to work with them on a long-range basis, the Turks were guaranteed an equal status in the German-dominated order, and were promised a number of territories which they might desire for reasons of security. These encompassed Edirne (Adrianople) and a rectification of Turkish frontiers at the expense of Greece, the creation of buffer states in the Caucasus under Turkish influence, a rectification of the Turkish-Syrian frontier (the Baghdad Railway and the State of Aleppo) and the Turkish-Iraq frontier (the Mosul region), as well as a settlement of "the Aegean question" to provide Turkey with suitable protection against encroachments from Italy. The Black Sea (which Hitler derided as "a mere frog-pond")was also to be conceded to Turkey as part of its sphere of influence, for this would ne:gate the need of stationing a German navy in the region to replace the Soviet Black Sea Fleet.

In November 2005, an agreement was signed for the sale of 298 German Army Leopard 2A4 tanks to Turkey. Turkey’s tank fleet is currently made up of American M-48s and M-60s, some of which have been modernized with Israeli cooperation into M-60 Sabra tanks, plus a large contingent of German Leopard 1s and Leopard 2s. That is hardy surprising. America and Germany are Turkey’s 2 most important geopolitical relationships, and this is reflected in Turkey’s choice of defense industry partners. The country’s industrial offset requirements ensure that these manufacturers have a long history of local partnerships to draw upon.

On November 1th, 2012, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip and his wife Emine arrived for a celebration to mark 50 years of Turkish immigration to Germany. Germany in the early 1960s, required foreign labour to fill its industrial workforce, and the influx of immigrants from Turkey, Italy, Greece and other south European countries made Germany's economic miracle possible. Today large numbers of Germans with Turkish roots are an integral part of German society.     Erdogan who declared war on Syria while he allows that Turkey is smuggling weapons for bomb attacks in Syria, had a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In a very hypocritical way, Erdogan claimed: 'the terrorism issue was also discussed with Merkel and they have reiterated their support. European Union is absolutely against terrorism however we want to see results of this attitude'.

Photo: Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Photos: 1) American soldiers watching a V4  2) U.S. drone

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10/10/2012

War against Syria: Germany is weapons suplier to Turkey

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After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey

NATO members have both sold and donated a wide range of weapons to Turkey, including more than 500 combat aircraft, 500 combat helicopters, 5,000 tanks, and thousands of artillery pieces, mortars, machine guns and assault rifles. The United States has been Turkey's main supplier, providing about 80% of Turkey's arsenal. Over the past decade (up to 1995), the US Congress has appropriated $5.3 billion in military aid (grants and loans to purchase weapons) for Turkey, making Turkey the third largest recipient of US military aid (after Israel and Egypt).

Turkey has recently invited bids for the supply of four early warning aircraft (AWACS) (mid-1998). The contract is worth around $1 billion. The aircraft would enable Turkey not only to command and control its own airspace but also that of the surrounding region. Likely suppliers are Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grunman, and Israel Aircraft Industries.

After US and UK, Germany is the largest weapons supplier to Turkey. Germany is currently trying to sell Turkey 1,000 Leopard II main battlefield tanks.

http://www.heureka.clara.net/sunrise/tr-arms2.htm

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1914 - The Ottoman Empire Enters WWI on the side of the Central Powers

The Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers to form the Triple Alliance with the signing of the August 1914 Turco-German Alliance. Turkey formally entered World War I on 28 October 1914 with the bombing of Russian Black Sea ports. The Triple Entente, or Allied Powers, declared war on the Ottoman Empire on November 4.

Two major factors led to Ottoman involvement on the side of the Central Powers: German pressure and the opportunism of Turkish minister of war Enver Pasha. Other motives for joining the Central Powers were the German victories early in the War and Turkey's friction with the Triple Entente. Germany's aim was clear: to keep Turkey from joining the enemy (and by gaining Ottoman support, encourage Romania and Bulgaria to enter the Alliance). The German military mission of 1913 to Turkey under Liman von Sanders organized the Turkish army and navy under German leadership and brought forth the Turco-German Alliance. The secret treaty (only five people in Turkey were aware of it, one being Enver Pasha) was signed 2 August 1914.

Photo: Enver Paşa with a German officer