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About Alfred
Alfred Hackensberger is based in Tangier, Morocco. Correspondent of the German daily die Welt and Die Presse in Austria. But available for other jobs for other countries. I am covering North Africa, but as well other Arab countries like Syria, Iraq or Lebanon.
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Ceasefire: Now begins the most critical phase of the Gaza

28 Nov 2023  |  welt.de
A ceasefire has led to the exchange of 50 Israeli hostages for 150 imprisoned Palestinians, with potential for further releases. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signaled a willingness to extend the ceasefire, which Hamas also seeks to achieve. The ceasefire could be extended by one day for every ten additional hostages, allowing up to 50 more Israelis to return home from Gaza within a five-day window. However, each day of ceasefire could cause Israel's military to lose its advantage on the battlefield, and strategic considerations will become increasingly important in the next phase of the conflict.

Israel: How Iran Forged the 'Axis of Resistance'

21 Nov 2023  |  www.welt.de
The US Army released videos documenting recent retaliatory strikes against facilities in eastern Syria used by Iran's Al-Quds unit and other Iran-loyal militias. This action is in response to nearly 60 attacks on US facilities in Syria and Iraq since the beginning of the Gaza War.

Can reach any city: How dangerous is Hezbollah for Israel?

12 Oct 2023  |  www.diepresse.com
Hezbollah, created by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, is a significant force in the self-proclaimed 'Axis of Islamic Resistance' and is feared in Israel. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's Secretary-General, praised a Hamas terror attack in Israel. Both Hezbollah and Hamas aim to destroy Israel, a goal unsuccessfully pursued by Arab states since 1948. Hezbollah plays a central role in the 'Axis of Resistance,' exporting military expertise and weapons on Iran's behalf, and has trained and armed various groups, including Hamas, Iraqi militias, and Houthi rebels in Yemen.

How Dangerous is Hezbollah for Israel?

12 Oct 2023  |  www.diepresse.com
Hezbollah, an Islamist terrorist organization in Lebanon created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, is a significant force in the 'Axis of Islamic Resistance' and is feared in Israel. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's Secretary-General, praised Hamas's terrorist attack in Israel, reflecting the shared goal of eliminating the 'hated Zionist state of Israel.' The 'Axis of Islamic Resistance,' which includes Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran, aims to drive Jews into the sea, a goal that Arab states have failed to achieve since Israel's founding in 1948. Hezbollah, supported by Iran, plays a central role in this axis, exporting military expertise and weaponry, and training various militant groups.

Northern Syria: Why the USA Shot Down a Turkish Drone

06 Oct 2023  |  www.welt.de
The article discusses the recent escalation in Northern Syria, where Turkish military actions targeted Kurdish groups in retaliation for a suicide bombing in Ankara. The Turkish government, led by Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, launched airstrikes that reportedly resulted in civilian casualties and infrastructure damage. The US military intervened by shooting down a Turkish drone that posed a threat to American soldiers, marking a significant incident between NATO partners. The SDF, led by Mazloum Abdi, denied involvement in the Ankara attack and criticized Turkey's actions. The situation highlights the complex dynamics and tensions between Turkey, the US, and Kurdish forces in the region.

Ukraine: "We survived the Tsar and the Nazis. We will also survive the war"

01 Oct 2023  |  www.welt.de
Rabbi Yosef Wolff of Kherson, Ukraine, remains resilient despite the ongoing war and recent natural disasters. The city, once occupied by Russian forces, continues to face artillery attacks. The destruction of the Kakhovka dam by Russian troops led to severe flooding, displacing many, including members of the Jewish community. Rabbi Wolff, who has lost 80% of his congregation since the war began, continues to support the remaining members through aid and religious services. The article highlights the challenges faced by the Jewish community in Kherson and the Rabbi's unwavering commitment to his people.

Morocco: More than 2000 Dead – Entire Villages Reduced to Rubble

11 Sep 2023  |  www.welt.de
Ambulances are arriving continuously at the hospital in Tahnaout, a small town at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, where medical staff are treating patients, mostly elderly, for injuries caused by falling debris. Some patients have broken limbs and require X-rays, while others have bruises and are being treated with medication. Many are simply exhausted and need rest.

When destruction and death came over Morocco

09 Sep 2023  |  diepresse.com
Over a thousand people died on Friday evening in a devastating earthquake measuring 6.8 in Morocco, affecting areas from the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh. Not all affected areas have been reached yet. The earthquake occurred at 11:01 PM, changing the world in Marrakesh and the adjacent regions of the Atlas Mountains. The tremors were felt as far as 250 kilometers away in Casablanca, the capital Rabat, and even in the northern port city of Tangier, at the Strait of Gibraltar.

Morocco: The Ruins of the Century Earthquake

09 Sep 2023  |  www.welt.de
On Friday at 23:11:01, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale struck Marrakesh and the surrounding regions of the Atlas Mountains, affecting areas as far as Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, and the Strait of Gibraltar.

Why Kyiv's Counteroffensive is So Complicated and Far from Failed

30 Aug 2023  |  www.welt.de
The article discusses the complexities and ongoing nature of Kyiv's counteroffensive against Russian forces. Despite the delivery of F-16 fighter jets from Denmark and the Netherlands, these are not seen as game-changers in the conflict. Military experts emphasize that the war's outcome depends on a combination of various weapon systems and strategies rather than single elements. The Ukrainian counteroffensive, criticized for its slow progress, is argued to be effective in weakening Russian forces and creating favorable conditions for future operations. The article also highlights the importance of non-linear and strategic operations, such as drone attacks on Russian command posts and infrastructure.

Ukraine: 'We have survived the Tsar and the Nazis. We will also survive the war'

18 Aug 2023  |  www.welt.de
Rabbi Yosef Wolff of Kherson, Ukraine, discusses the impact of the war and a recent flood disaster on the local Jewish community. The Russian occupation and constant artillery shelling have posed significant threats, and a dam explosion caused by Russian troops flooded many areas, including parts of Kherson. Rabbi Wolff has seen his congregation shrink by 80%, with many members fleeing to other countries. Despite the challenges, he remains committed to supporting his community, providing food and medical aid, and maintaining Jewish traditions. The article also shares personal stories of Kherson residents affected by the war and the flood.

A Rabbi Fights for the Survival of Jews in the Frontline City of Kherson

05 Aug 2023  |  www.diepresse.com
Yosef Wolff, a rabbi in the frontline city of Kherson, remains steadfast in his mission to preserve Jewish life despite the constant artillery fire. His community is dwindling, and his family has temporarily relocated to Odessa for safety. Wolff's commitment is highlighted by his daily routines and the protective measures he takes, symbolized by his helmet and bulletproof vest.

Saporischschja: Im Atomkraftwerk fühlen sich die russischen Soldaten sicher

03 Aug 2023  |  www.welt.de
Enerhodar, a town with 50,000 residents, hosts Europe's largest nuclear power plant with a capacity of 5700 MW, currently occupied by Russian troops since March. Despite the reactors being shut down, there are fears of a severe incident due to the site being mined by the Russian army. The plant has been repeatedly shelled, and emergency power lines have been cut, necessitating the use of diesel generators to maintain cooling. Both warring parties accuse each other of attempting to provoke an incident at the plant, with recent claims suggesting Russia might blow it up, similar to the previous destruction of the dam at Kherson, which would have dramatic consequences.

From L.A. To Paris, Reflections On The Power Of Public Transport

21 Jul 2023  |  worldcrunch.com
The author compares the public transportation systems of Los Angeles and Paris, expressing envy for Paris's efficient metro system. They describe L.A. as a car-centric city with traffic jams and a lack of public transport options, contrasting it with their experience in Paris where they can commute without using a car.

Kyiv has a new idea. This could be Moscow's nightmare

14 Sep 2015  |  wiadomosci.onet.pl
Ukrainian forces have potentially expanded the use of British and French-supplied Storm Shadow missiles to include the Russian-occupied Crimea, a move that could escalate tensions with Moscow. NATO's doctrine has historically aimed to avoid provoking Russia, but recent attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure by Russia may have influenced the decision to use these missiles. International observers speculate on the strategic implications of Ukraine's use of Western-supplied weapons, including the Storm Shadow and potential future use of F-16 fighter jets and ATACMS missiles. The article also touches on the logistical challenges Russia faces if the Crimean Bridge is further damaged. U.S. President Joe Biden is contemplating whether to supply Ukraine with ATACMS missiles, which could reach targets within Russia.

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