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In blow to allies, Kerry walks back Gen. Dunford’s Libya statement

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct In another example of the Obama administration’s unwillingness to delegate authority and its inability to form a cohesive policy on fighting ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly contradicted the chairman […]

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Dunford: U.S., France planning ‘decisive military action’ in Libya

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers, view the Eiffel Tower while meeting at Ecole Militarie in Paris on Jan. 22. / DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in Paris on Jan. 22 with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of France’s defense staff to discuss […]

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Report: Sirte residents ecstatic as secret sniper picks off ISIL commanders in Libya

The three places in Sirte where a sniper has *allegedly* shot men of the Islamic state in the last 10 days.  /Twitter

Special to A skilled sniper is said to be assassinating Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) top leaders in Libya. Three commanders at ISIL’s Libyan stronghold in Sirte have been shot dead from long range in recent weeks, […]

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Former Libyan official: ISIL got Gadhafi’s chemical weapons

Ahmad Qadhaf Al-Dam

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has in its possession a portion of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s arsenal of chemical weapons, according to a former Libyan intelligence official. Ahmad Qadhaf Al-Dam, a cousin of Gadhafi, […]

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Libya’s recognized parliament rejects UN-backed unity government

Libyan women raise red cards during a protest against the national unity government.  /AFP

Special to The internationally recognized parliament in Libya has voted against a UN-backed unity government. The parliament in Tobruk, also known as the House of Representatives, rejected the deal in a vote on Jan. 25. “We voted against endorsing […]

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Migration of ISIL jihadists: Out of Syria . . . and into Libya

A convoy of ISIL militants in the Libyan town of Harawah on Dec. 6, reportedly headed toward oil fields in the area.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs January 2016 saw an acceleration of the movement of Daesh (asad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-‘Iraq wash-Sham) — so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) — fighters out of […]

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The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview […]

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Egypt tightens security on Libyan border following mysterious air strikes


Special to Egyptian forces near the Libyan border have been put on high alert following air strikes on Jan. 10 from unidentified fighter jets inside Libya. The fighter jets struck Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets inside […]

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Unprecedented U.S. Mideast strategy is ad hoc, disregards existing frameworks

President Obama got a mixed reception when he spoke last year at the African Union.

Special to By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer examination of […]

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ISIL attacks Libyan oil facilities now operating at one-fourth 2011 production levels

ISIL jihadists in Sirte, Libya.

Special to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists attacked security forces at Libya’s Es Sider oil terminal on Jan. 4. Two guards were killed in the attack. ISIL said it attacked the Es Sider site after seizing […]

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