North Africa

Another Voice Predicting Islamism's Doom


by Daniel Pipes

Moncef Marzouki, the president of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014, has penned an analysis predicting, as I have, the demise of Islamism. I quote from a MiddleEastEye.net abridgement and translation of the original Arabic version that appeared at Aljazeera.net.

In Libya, Politics Precedes Victory

TAREK MEGERISI

Libyans and their international partners can unite against the Islamic State, but external political and military engineering is undermining the prerequisite nation building.  

US, other powers want to arm Libyan government

Federica Mogherini

By GEORGE JAHN and MATTHEW LEE
VIENNA (AP) — In a move fraught with risk, the United States and other world powers said Monday they would supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in the chaos-wracked country's lawless regions.

Europe's Inevitable Intervention In Libya Will Add 1.3 Million Barrels To The World Oil Glut


Tyler Durden 

Europe is planning on recolonizing Libya, and so it will send in armed forces in the coming months to restore order and stem the flow of migrants coming from Africa. If this expedition army succeeds in securing parts of the country and restoring law and order, Italian and German engineers from ENI and Wintershall will follow suit to help resume the country’s oil production, which will add 1.3 million barrels per day (Libya produced 1.7 million barrels per day before Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011) to the world oil glut.

Learning from Libya

Geopolitical Monitor, Gareth Evans
MELBOURNE – There are important lessons to be learned from what went wrong with the NATO-led military intervention in Libya in 2011. US President Barack Obama was right about that in his recent wonderfully frank interview in The Atlantic. But if we are not to compound the world’s misery, we have to take away the right lessons from that intervention.

When is the next Libya intervention?

General Haftar was a former CIA asset, and has since become a proxy of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who backed his coup, writes Seymour [Reuters]

 

Richard Seymour
The British press brings news that SAS fighters have been operating in Libya for several months, alongside Jordanian forces.This coincides with a growing drumbeat for war in the country, where the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) has found a new territorial foothold in the oil-rich Sirte region. The United States is currently weighing up a bombing campaign to put the '"unity"' government back in power.

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