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2006-05-11 03:47:21

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - German lawmakers formally launched an investigation into the security services on Thursday that will delve into sensitive areas of cooperation with the United States, including over the Iraq war. An 11-member parliamentary team convened for the first time, ironically on the same day that the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the foreign intelligence agency, was throwing a party in central Berlin to celebrate its 50th...

2006-03-05 06:18:04

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Allegations about the role of German spies in Iraq appear set this week to trigger an inquiry that could embarrass the intelligence services and hamper Berlin's efforts to improve relations with Washington. A steady drip of media reports since January has alleged that two German agents in Baghdad in early 2003 fed information to the United States to help it launch the invasion of Iraq which the Berlin government had...

2006-02-28 18:20:59

By James Mackenzie and Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. media reports that German intelligence agents helped the American-led invasion of Iraq were a smear tactic against Berlin as a European power firmly opposed to the war, leading German politicians said on Tuesday. The politicians from major parties, including the Social Democrats (SPD) of ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, were reacting to reports that could embarrass current Chancellor Angel Merkel because she leads a...

2006-02-05 10:26:00

By Mark John and Noah Barkin MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has delighted Washington with her commitment to NATO "primacy," which will embolden U.S. officials in their push to revamp the 47-year-old military alliance. Merkel asserted at a weekend security conference that NATO should have primacy in coordinating European and U.S. policy on major strategic issues from international peacekeeping to Iran's nuclear ambitions. While the speech left open many...

2006-01-15 12:21:32

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former German Defense Minister Peter Struck on Sunday dismissed reports that German secret agents may have helped U.S. forces during their 2003 invasion of Iraq, insisting that Germany took no active part in the war. Germany's BND foreign intelligence service has denied reports its agents helped U.S. warplanes select bombing targets in Baghdad during the war, which the government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder opposed. "I'm sure the Americans knew...

2006-01-12 10:38:50

By Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency denied on Thursday reports its spies in Baghdad had helped U.S. warplanes select bombing targets during the invasion of Iraq, which the Berlin government had strongly opposed. Opposition politicians seized on the report as evidence the then government of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had secretly backed the U.S.-led war while making political capital from condemning it in public. Some...

2005-12-09 05:07:12

BERLIN (Reuters) - Information Germany shared with the United States may have prompted the CIA to abduct a German citizen and fly him to Afghanistan for interrogation as a suspected terrorist, a newspaper reported on Friday. This information, if true, could mean that the government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder bears partial responsibility in the case of Khaled el-Masri, a Lebanese-born German citizen who was mistakenly held in an Afghan prison for five months by the Central...

2005-12-05 13:57:16

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will look into a report that a government minister was told about the mistaken U.S. detention of a German man in Afghanistan but kept quiet about it at the request of the U.S. ambassador. The Washington Post reported at the weekend that Daniel Coats, then U.S. ambassador to Germany, told previous Interior Minister Otto Schily in May 2004 that Khaled el-Masri had been wrongfully held but would soon be released. "We are looking inside...

2005-11-30 07:47:05

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday her new government would not be blackmailed by kidnappers holding a German woman in Iraq and called terrorism a threat to core values of freedom, tolerance and respect. At the outset of her first major speech to parliament since replacing Gerhard Schroeder as German leader last week, Merkel focused on the case of a German archaeologist held hostage in Iraq since Friday and threatened with death. "This...

2005-11-30 06:02:23

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Wednesday not to be blackmailed by kidnappers holding a German in Iraq and said terrorism was a threat to core values of freedom, tolerance and respect. At the outset of her first major speech to parliament, Merkel focused on the kidnapping of a German woman who was seized in Iraq on Friday and has been threatened with death. "One thing is clear. This government, this parliament will not let itself be pressured,"...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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