Thursday brought us the third anniversary of the ‘liberation of Libya’, but there were few celebrations across a nation which has been mired in blood since the revolution, torn apart by endless fighting between rival armed militias.
Muammar Gaddafi was actually executed by the armed rebels on October 20, 2011 in a manner that was barbaric, even by the new standards set by Daesh (Islamic
All roads in Libya today are leading in one direction – out of the country.
Libyans from the East are piling into their vehicles, loaded with all manner of belongings and heading for Egypt; those from the West are aiming for Tunisia, while the people of Misrata in the Middle of the country take to the seas in a bid to reach Malta.
It seems there are almost 2 million Libyans currently living in Egypt, and nearly 1.5 million in Tunisia; large numbers have attempted
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have stepped back from the brink of a military intervention in Kobani, the Syrian town just over the border, which the Kurds seized in 2012 and which is currently under siege from Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). As fighters from the Syrian Kurdish Protection Units (YPG) battle it out with the well-armed,
It appears that the United States and its Western allies (France and the United Kingdom) have agreed to Turkish President Receb Tayyip Erdogan’s demand for a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the lengthy Turkish-Syrian border as a pre-condition for Turkey’s involvement in the fight against Islamic State [IS].
The Pentagon admitted today that US airstrikes alone would not be sufficient to save Kobane, paving the way for ground forces to confront
One month in, US air raids on the positions of the Islamic State inside Iraq, and more than two weeks after they began in Syria, military experts opine that the impact of these strikes is very limited. For Islamic State does not have headquarters, ministries, airports, or military bases that can be destroyed, but black flags, cars, and thousands of fighters who can easily hide among civilians in Mosul, Al-Raqqah, Dayr al-Zur, and other cities under their control.
US President Barack Obama has acknowledged that he erred in assessing the threat posed by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq; in an interview with CBC he said that the jihadist fighters who chased US troops out of Iraq into Syria had gathered to form a more powerful organization under the umbrella of the Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and his State.
This recognition of mistakes, by the leader of the alliance which has tasked itself with eliminating Islamic State, will
America denies having requested permission from the Syrian regime to strike Islamic State, al-Nusra and Khorisan veterans’ group targets on its territory. The Syrian regime says it was ‘informed’ of the strikes slightly ahead of them. The point is it doesn’t really matter because the US is intent on proving its dominance over the region and does not, in reality, recognize the sovereignty of any Arab country, only its usefulness.