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Political chaos in Libya hampers U.S. probe of deadly Benghazi attacks

Political chaos in Libya hampers U.S. probe of deadly Benghazi attacks

Washinghton Post, 12 October 2012

TRIPOLI, Libya — More than a month after attacks in Libya left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead, the United States is struggling to bring the killers to justice. But when American officials try to speak to Libyan leaders, there’s often no one on the other end of the line.

Libya — Revolution and Aftermath

Libya — Revolution and Aftermath

New York Times, 8 October 2012

U.S. Ambassador Killed in Violent Assault

On Sept. 11, 2012, heavily armed Islamist militants stormed and burned the American Consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi,killing the United States ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and three others: Sean Smith, a Foreign Service officer, and Tyrone S. Woods and Glen A. Doherty, both former members of the Navy SEALs who helped protect diplomatic personnel.

MALI: Children take up guns

MALI: Children take up guns

8 October 2012

 

Children as young as 14 are joining military training camps run by militias in southern Mali preparing to fight Islamist groups in the north. At the same time, Islamist groups in the north are recruiting children as young as 11 to man checkpoints, gather intelligence, search vehicles and patrol the streets in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, according to aid agencies and human rights groups.

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CIVILIAN SECURITY IN SOUTH SUDAN

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CIVILIAN SECURITY IN SOUTH SUDAN

Zoë Pelter | | October 2012

 

Last week saw the start of yet another armed anti-government revolt in South Sudan’s Jonglei state. Reportedly led by Murle militia leader Major General David Yau Yau, there are now fears that the revolt will escalate as a result of longstanding local grievances with the army of South Sudan, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

Somalia's president names newcomer as PM

Somalia's president names newcomer as PM

Al Jazeera, 7 October 2012

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, Somalia's new president, has named Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid as the country's new prime minister, diplomats and a government source said.

Political Islam and the Fate of Two Libyan Brothers

Political Islam and the Fate of Two Libyan Brothers

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
October 6, 2012

TRIPOLI, Libya — One brother joined the global jihad against the West under the nom de guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi. He rose to become Al Qaeda’s brightest star and second in command, until anAmerican drone strike killed him in Pakistan four months ago.

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