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Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Algeria concerned Al Qaida or ISIL could be smuggling uranium


Special to CAIRO — Algeria plans to establish a network to monitor the flow of nuclear material along its borders. Officials said the government has approved a plan to install equipment to inspect incoming goods for radiation. They said […]

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Libya’s Hafter procures fighter-jets to counter Qatar’s Libyan Dawn

Sukhoi Su-76.

Special to CAIRO — Libya has procured Soviet-origin fighter-jets. Arab diplomatic sources said the Libyan Air Force has acquired four Sukhoi Su-27 fighter-jets from unidentified suppliers. They said the warplanes arrived in Libya in late December 2014 for the […]

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Libya battles Qatar-backed rival government for control of oil revenues

Two rival governments are competing for control of Libya's oil income. / Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Libya has launched a war for control over the vast oil revenues. One of Libya’s two governments said it would block payment of oil revenues through bank accounts in Tripoli. The recognized government led by […]

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Crash of United Arab Emirates plane in Egypt not tied to joint strikes in Libya

Militants in truck mounted with anti-aircraft guns at Tripoli airport in August.   Hamza Turkia / Xinhua Press / Corbis

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has confirmed the crash of a military aircraft in Egypt. The UAE military said an unidentified aircraft crashed in Egypt and four crew members were killed. In a statement on […]

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U.S. exercises aim to prevent another Benghazi; more Marines deployed to regional embassies

U.S. Marines board an MV-22B Osprey at Moron Air Base, Spain in response to security concerns in northern Africa. / Alexander Hill / U.S. Marine Corps

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has reported military exercises to stop an Al Qaida attack in North Africa. Officials said the military and State Department conducted a series of drills to ensure rapid response to any Al Qaida […]

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Report: U.S. holds Al Qaida chief said to have played role in Benghazi attack

Abel Basset Azouz. / Milliyet

Special to ANKARA — The United States has reportedly gained custody of Al Qaida’s chief in Libya. A prominent Turkish newspaper reported that Abel Basset Azouz was arrested in northwestern Turkey in November 2014 as he tried to enter […]

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Rival Libyan governments fight to control border with Tunisia

Gen. Khalifa Haftar (4th from left) with Libyan army commanders in Benghazi on Dec. 3. / Stringer / Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Libya’s rival governments, backed by different states in the region have been fighting for control over the border with Tunisia. A government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thini has ordered military strikes near the […]

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U.S. confirms presence of ISIL training camps in Libya

Social media post of ISIL training facility.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has established a presence in Libya. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL was operating in large parts of Libya. They […]

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Military training program for Libyans suspended after sexual assault charges

Bassingbourne Barracks in Cambridgeshire. /

Special to LONDON — Britain has halted a program to train Libya’s military. The British Defence Ministry said it suspended a Libyan military training program. The ministry said Britain would expel some 300 Libyan military cadets, who arrived in […]

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