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Media Reports Exaggerate the Risk of a Major War


Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict

In northern Iraq, an Iranian missile this week targeted what Tehran claimed to be an Israeli spy center in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. More than half a dozen explosions resulted in the death of at least four people in residential areas. The nature of the attack sparked condemnation from Baghdad, which recalled its ambassador to Tehran.

We won’t spend too much time on the German tabloid report on the imminent war between NATO and Russia. Bild, the German tabloid, has (as intended) started a viral rumor that Russia is planning to invade Europe by targeting NATO’s weak spot in a corridor connecting Belarus with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. The Bild report is sparking a frenzy of war fear by citing a leaked document from the German Defense Ministry. While the document is simply a military training scenario, of which there are many, the story has been spun and respun as direct evidence that Russia is planning to launch this war as early as February by deploying more troops to Belarus and Kaliningrad. This is a brazen manipulation of the media and a brazen misrepresentation of the documentation used in citing.

The Russian military intercepted a drone over St. Petersburg on Monday night, forcing the Pulkovo International Airport to ground flights as a precaution (only briefly), according to The Moscow Times. This is the first time St. Petersburg has been targeted by a presumably Ukrainian drone since Russia’s…

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