Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States (NYT)

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“WASHINGTON — To wage war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia is using F-15 fighter jets bought from Boeing. Pilots from the United Arab Emirates are flying Lockheed Martin’s F-16 to bomb both Yemen and Syria. Soon, the Emirates are expected to complete a deal with General Atomics for a fleet of Predator drones to run spying missions in their neighborhood.”

See the full NYT article.

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Obama’s Libya Debacle (Foreign Affairs)

‘A Ground Invasion of the Capital Is Imminent’

This article by Alan J. Kuperman argues that President Obama’s policies have failed in Libya since the high-water mark of 2011.

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“Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States”

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February 17, 2015
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“Following is the text of a joint statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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The governments of France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States strongly condemn all acts of terrorism in Libya. The heinous murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL. Terrorism affects all Libyans, and no one faction can confront alone the challenges facing Libya. The United Nations-led process to establish a national unity government provides the best hope for Libyans to address the terrorist threat and to confront the violence and instability that impedes Libya’s political transition and development. The international community is prepared to fully support a unity government in addressing Libya’s current challenges.

Special Representative to the Secretary General Bernardino Leon will convene meetings in the coming days to build further Libyan support for a national unity government. We commend those parties that have so far participated in the talks and note the statements of support by the House of Representatives and Misratan Municipal Council and others for this process. We strongly encourage all parties, including individuals associated with the former General National Congress (GNC), to seize this opportunity to join the UN process in the coming days in a constructive spirit of reconciliation if they hope to shape Libya’s political future. The urgency of the terrorist threat demands swift progress in the political process, based on clear timelines.

Those who seek to impede this process and Libya’s democratic transition, four years after the revolution, will not be allowed to condemn Libya to chaos and extremism. They will be held by accountable by the Libyan people and the international community for their actions.

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Original Source here.

“Egypt Launches Airstrike in Libya Against ISIS Branch” (NYT)

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“CAIRO — Egypt conducted an airstrike against an Islamist stronghold in Libya on Monday in retaliation for the beheading of at least a dozen Egyptian Christians by a local franchise of the Islamic State, in Cairo’s deepest reach yet into the chaos that has engulfed its neighbor.”

Read the article here.

“Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after beheading video” (WaPo)

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In retaliation for the gruesome killing of Egyptian Christians on a beach in Libya, Egypt sent its air force on the attack against Islamic State targets there Monday, in a move that threatened to ensnare Egypt in a regional conflict with the militants.”

Read the full Washington Post article here.

Abu Anas Al-Liby Dies

Anas Al-Liby photo, courtesy of the BBC

Anas Al-Liby photo, courtesy of the BBC

Abu Anas Al-Liby (Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai) died of complications of liver cancer surgery while waiting to stand trial for his role in the 1998 Al-Qaeda Embassy Bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Delta Force operators abducted Al-Liby from Libya in October 2013. Military personnel then interrogated him. Then the military transferred him to the jurisdiction of the FBI. His condition worsened as he started a hunger strike during his military interrogation compounded by his bout of hepatitis C.

 

AP. Libyan charged in 1998 US embassy bombings dies.” January 3, 2015.

BBC. Libya terror suspect Anas al-Liby dies before US trial.” January 3, 2015.

BBC. Profile: Anas al-Liby.” January 3, 2015.

CNN. U.S. embassy bombings suspect Abu Anas al Libi dies in U.S. hospital.” January 3, 2015.

IBT. Abu Anas al-Libi, Alleged US Embassy Bomber, Dies In New York Before Trial.” January 3, 2015.

NYT. Qaeda Suspect Facing Trial in New York Dies in Custody.” January 3, 2015.

Reuters. Suspect in U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya, Tanzania, dies before NY trial.” January 3, 2015.

WaPo. Al-Qaeda terrorist suspect dies days before his trial in New York.” January 3, 2015.