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Sisi takes control, eclipses Obama, restores Egypt’s regional clout

Egyptian President President Abdul Fatah Sisi at the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal. / Reuters

Special to Sol W. Sanders President Abdul Fatah Sisi is rapidly resuming Egypt’s role as leader of the Arab world, nosing out U.S. Mideast leadership under President Barrack Obama’s “leading from behind”. Initially snubbed by Obama after his military […]

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Anti-Islamist Gen. Haftar shrugs off UN charge, escalates Benghazi offensive

Libyan troops loyal to Khalifa Haftar sit on an amoured personnel carrier in Benghazi on Aug. 14.  /AFP/Abdullah Doma

Special to The commander of the army of Libya’s internationally recognized government has led the effort to drive Islamists out of Benghazi for nearly a year. For his efforts, Gen. Khalifa Haftar has now been accused by the United […]

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Many migrants to Europe come from Eritrea which is at peace but imploding

Eritrean migrants arrive in southern Italy. / AFP / Getty

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The aggressive opportunism of Eritrean President Isayas Afewerke is close to an implosion, but the prospect exists that the 69-year-old former revolutionary will lash out in a final attempt to reassert some regional […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

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Special to By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring […]

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ISIL: Muslims fleeing to Europe are ‘sinners’ who are abandoning Islam

A boat crowded with refugees in the Mediterranean.

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) said Muslims who leave the territory ISIL controls are abandoning Islam and committing a “major sin.” The refugees, mostly from ISIL-controlled regions in Syria, Iraq and Libya who are fleeing […]

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Ship carrying 5,000 rifles seized en route from Turkey to Libya

The 'Haddad 1' freighter is moored at the port of Heraklion following an operation of the Greek coast guard on the island of Crete, Sept. 2.  /Reuters

Special to The Greek Coast Guard seized a ship carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya. Greek officials said the Bolivia-flagged freighter, MV Haddad-1, left the Turkish port of of Iskenderun with some 5,000 […]

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Gen. Haftar: Libyan forces lack weapons to defeat ISIL in Sirte

Gen. Khalifa Haftar

Special to A lack of weapons has limited the ability of Libyan forces in their ongoing battle with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the city of Sirte, the military commander of Libya’s internationally-recognized government said. “Lack […]

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Boko Haram strengthens ties with ISIL, sends fighters to Libya

Boko Haram terrorists.

Special to Nigerian-based terror group Boko Haram has bolstered its alliance with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) by sending jihadists to fight alongside ISIL in Libya. Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIL in March. In June, ISIL […]

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Italian foreign minister: Libya could become next Somalia

ISIL jihadists in Sirte, Libya.

Special to Libya could become “another Somalia” if the country’s two rival governments fail to reach a peace agreement, Italy’s foreign minister said in a joint statement with the U.S. and European allies. Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said time […]

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Libyan appeal for help against ISIL falls on deaf ears at UN

Militiamen fire a rocket at ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya.

Special to Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Al-Dabashi, has accused the United Nations Security Council of “encouraging” by its inaction the massacres conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in Sirte. In an interview with the […]

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