Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Obama Says He Learned Of Clinton’s Private Emails From News Reports

The uproar over Hillary Clinton’s use of email as secretary of State shows no signs of letting up.

March 9, 2015
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‘It’s What I Do’ A War-Zone Photographer’s Harrowing Memoir

Why would anyone in his or her right mind leave the comfort of middle-class America or Europe to document the savagery inflicted by Islamic terrorists on any Western hostage they can get their hands on? Or to witness the sadistic mutilation of rival factions’ women in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo? Photographer Lynsey Addario explains in her new memoir, ‘It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.’ Recounting her thrilling and heartbreaking experiences in Haiti, Libya, and beyond, Addario examines what makes war correspondents unique – and makes a powerful case for the importance of her profession.

February 27, 2015
Photo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, pictured in Cairo on November 8, 2014, said his country reserved the right to punish IS as he called a meeting of security chiefs and declared seven days of mourning (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Egypt Strikes Libya Jihadists After Beheadings Video

Egypt has opened a new front in the fight against ISIS.

February 16, 2015
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After Benghazi, State Department Toughened Embassies In High-Risk Countries

State Department officials discussed the security changes they’ve made since Benghazi.

September 17, 2014
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700 Migrants Feared Dead Following Two Shipwrecks Off Libya, IOM Says

By Alvise Armellini and Pol O Gradaigh, dpa Nearly 700 migrants may have died in two recent shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Monday. Quoting two survivors, the IOM’s Italy office said human traffickers deliberately sank a boat with about 500 Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian, and Sudanese migrants, after […]

September 15, 2014

Libya Fighters May Be Guilty Of War Crimes, Rights Group Warns

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Human Rights Watch warns that some tactics of rival militias in Libya amount to war crimes. In the latest marker of Libya’s descent into chaos, a leading human rights group warned Monday that some battle tactics being employed by rival militias — looting and burning, indiscriminate fire and the […]

September 8, 2014
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United States Says UAE Bombed Libya Islamists As Turmoil Deepens

By Mohamed Hasni Tripoli (AFP) — UAE warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya, apparently catching Washington off guard, as turmoil in the North African country deepened with the Islamists naming a rival premier. American officials confirmed on Monday that the United Arab Emirates’ jets launched two attacks in seven days on the Islamists […]

August 26, 2014
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Report: No ‘Deliberate Wrongdoing’ By Obama Administration In Benghazi Attack

Republicans who won’t stop trying to turn the 2012 Benghazi attack into the second coming of Watergate now have even less credibility. The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to release a report that states that the Benghazi scandal is — surprise! — not a scandal at all. “The House Intelligence Committee, led by Republicans, has concluded that there was no deliberate wrongdoing […]

August 4, 2014
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Foreigners Urged To Leave Libya Amid Rising Violence

By Imed Lamloum Tripoli (AFP) — Egypt and several Western states urged their nationals to leave Libya amid spiraling violence after two weeks of fighting left 97 people dead and a warning by state-owned National Oil Corp of a major disaster after a fuel tank was hit. Washington evacuated its embassy staff on Saturday, with […]

July 28, 2014

Libyans Vote In Parliamentary Elections Amid Ongoing Violence

By Laura King and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Libyans went to the polls Wednesday in parliamentary elections meant to bring a measure of stability that has been elusive in the turmoil-weary North African nation. Libya in recent weeks has been roiled by some of its worst fighting since the 2011 civil war that […]

June 25, 2014

Libya Demands Return Of Benghazi Suspect Seized By U.S. Forces

By Laura King and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times CAIRO—Libya’s weak interim government on Wednesday verbally assailed the U.S. capture of a suspected mastermind of the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans and set off a political firestorm in the United States. At a news conference nearly 24 hours after the Pentagon publicly disclosed […]

June 18, 2014

U.S. Seized Benghazi Suspect During Fierce Fighting Between Libyan Militias

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The U.S. military seized a Libyan extremist accused in the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi that killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on Sunday as the terror group he once led was locked in fierce combat with forces loyal to a renegade Libyan general […]

June 18, 2014
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Obama Will Explain ‘Interventionist’ Foreign Policy At West Point

By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — After months of running his foreign policy like a firefighter responding to alarms, President Barack Obama is worried that Americans don’t understand his overall approach and plans to launch a campaign to explain it over the coming months. The president will use a commencement […]

May 26, 2014

Libyan Interior Ministry Backs Anti-Islamist Rogue Ex-General

By Laura King and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — Libya’s Interior Ministry announced Wednesday it was throwing its support behind Khalifa Haftar, a former army general who last week launched an unauthorized armed offensive against Islamist militias and their political allies. The tumult in the North African nation, previously a major oil producer, […]

May 21, 2014

Rival Militias Battle In Benghazi In Latest Sign Of Chaos In Libya

By Mohamed Juma and Laura King, Los Angeles Times BENGHAZI, Libya — Rival armed groups battled Friday with warplanes and anti-aircraft guns in the eastern city of Benghazi in the latest outbreak of militia-linked chaos in energy-rich Libya. Fighters from a faction led by a retired general used aircraft bearing military insignia to bomb a barracks […]

May 16, 2014

After U.S. Helped Topple Gadhafi, Congress Showed Little Interest In Libya, Until Benghazi

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time — 16 months ago to be exact — when Congress showed very little interest in Libya. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted along party lines, 232-186, to convene a select committee to investigate the […]

May 9, 2014

Former CIA Agent, Now In Havana, Discusses Gadhafi’s ‘Secret World’

By Juan O. Tamayo, El Nuevo Herald MIAMI — U.S. fugitive and renegade CIA agent Frank Terpil is still living in Havana and easily recounting his days helping former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to murder his political enemies, according to a recently released British documentary. Co-producer Michael Chrisman said Terpil, 74, was interviewed at his Havana […]

April 22, 2014

Jordanian Ambassador To Tripoli Is Abducted

By Nehal El-Sherif and Taylor Luck, McClatchy Tribune News AMMAN, Jordan — Libyan gunmen seeking the release of an alleged al-Qaeda operative held in Jordan abducted Amman’s ambassador Tuesday in Tripoli, local media and Jordanian officials said. Ambassador Fawaz al-Aytan’s motorcade came under attack from masked gunmen in two cars without licence plates, Libya’s official […]

April 16, 2014

Gunmen Kidnap Jordan Envoy To Libya

Tripoli (AFP) – Masked gunmen kidnapped Jordan’s ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said. It was the latest targeting of Libyan leaders and foreign diplomats in the increasingly lawless North African country, three years after NATO-backed rebels ousted autocratic leader […]

April 15, 2014

Libya Remains In The Grip Of Rival Rebel Factions

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TRIPOLI, Libya — Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Gadhafi — days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay […]

April 14, 2014
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U.S. Forces Return Rogue Oil Tanker To Libya

By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Foreign Staff CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs took control of a rogue ship illegally loaded with Libyan crude oil early Monday in Mediterranean waters off the coast of Cyprus, ending a crisis that led to the ouster of the country’s prime minister and highlighted the inability of Libya’s central government […]

March 17, 2014

U.S. Navy SEALs Seize Fugitive Oil Tanker In Libya

By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of an oil tanker that had illegally taken on a cargo of crude oil peddled by rebels in Libya who had earlier captured key oil ports, the U.S. military announced early Monday. The seaborne raid, staged off of the Cypriot coast, came […]

March 17, 2014

Libyan Parliament Ousts Prime Minister Amid Oil Stand-Off

TRIPOLI, Libya — The Libyan parliament passed a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Ali Zeidan Tuesday after a tanker laden with oil from a rebel-held port broke through a naval blockade. The news comes after a North Korean-flagged tanker that docked in eastern Libya on Saturday escaped to sea laden with crude despite an order […]

March 11, 2014

Libyans Hold Protests Against Lack Of Security

TRIPOLI, Libya — Thousands of Libyans Friday took to the streets in several areas of the country, protesting a lack of security. Protesters gathered outside the Mosque of al-Shohada (Martyrs) in the center of the capital of Tripoli, accusing the National Congress, the country’s highest authority and the interim government of failing to maintain security. […]

February 28, 2014

Senate Report Cites CIA, State Department Failures In Benghazi

Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A Senate investigation has concluded that officials at the State Department and U.S. intelligence agencies ignored “ample warnings” of danger and failed to do enough to prevent an attack by militants on a U.S. mission and CIA base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012. The bipartisan report by […]

January 15, 2014