In a country like Libya, it's easy to play six degrees of al-Qaeda. How close is is too close for the United States?
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With its role in Syria, Russia has presented itself as an alternative security manager in the Middle East—but Moscow is discovering that getting into the region is far easier than getting out.
Trump Administration Sends Mixed Messages about Syria Strike, Christians Targeted in Egypt, and a New Proposal for Libya
The Trump administration can’t agree on what its missile strike in Syria means, Christians have lost faith in Sisi’s promises to protect them, and a contender for the Libya envoy job offers an Ottoman-era proposal.
Italy's role in Libya has been coherent and transparent. Why are some Libyan actors still complaining?
Turkey Turns to Russia for Air Support in Syria, Fighting Continues Despite Ceasefire, U.S. Policy Could Shift in Libya, and One of Iran’s Founding Fathers Dies
Turkey’s pivot to Russia has brought support for its campaign against the Islamic State, rebels and regime forces are fighting over water access for Damascus, the fortunes for the Libyan National Army are rising, and former Iranian President Rafsanjani leaves behind a complicated legacy.
Brouhaha over Israeli Settlement Resolution, Two Libyans Hijack Plane to Flee Conflict, and Syrian War in Lull
The Israeli government is mad about a reiteration of decades of policy, two Libyans are facing terrorism charges in Malta for hijacking a plane to seek asylum, and Russia mourns a military plane crash while pivoting toward peace talks in Syria.
Middle East Ticker: Turkish Assassin Kills Russian Ambassador, Trump Taps Pro-Settlement Ambassador, Libyan Smuggling Ring Arrested, Kuwait Jails Political Activists
How will the assassination of the Russian ambassador affect Russia-Turkey relations? What does Trump’s pick for ambassador to Israel mean? Plus Europe cracks down on smuggling arms to Libya, and Kuwait cracks down on freedom of speech.
The Islamic State has been defeated in Sirte, but it will take a lot more work for Libya to find stability.
In a post earlier today, I highlighted a variety of recent developments in which the Obama administration has adjusted constraints on using force under color of the AUMF, based in part
Middle East Ticker: Mosul Offensive Begins, U.S. Fires on Targets in Yemen, and What Intervention in Syria Will Look Like
Iraqi forces start the long-awaited fight to take the Islamic State’s last major city in the country, the United States gets caught in the escalation of the Saudi intervention in Yemen, the Obama administration considers next steps in Syria, and Libya’s U.N.-backed government gets forced out.