ISIS leader al-Baghdadi in Libya?
The resurgence of ISIS in Libya would add another urgent factor to the reasons President Trump already said that Haftar is his man. The LNA has specifically made its mission the removal of all extremist militias from their malign effect on the country.This matches the US interest in not allowing safe havens for terror groups and especially not in a country that has tremendous oil revenues they can exploit. It appears that the regional powers supporting the LNA which include the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have begun reinforcing them with the necessary military power to bring the conflict there to an end. [...]
As Qatar’s Emir Visits the White House, Here’s What Americans Need to Know About the Islamist Emirate
The extent of Qatar’s influence and information operations remains one of the least-covered and least-scrutinized stories of the past few years — including its campaign to curry favor within the Jewish community. That slowly is changing. [...]
Libyan militias fight over Turkish military equipment
Several militias associated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli have ben fighting each other over the military equipment that recently was delivered by Turkey.The militia fighting broke out Friday night after Sharkas seized one of the new Turkish vehicles, sparking a clash with rival militants, said witnesses. The fighting culminated in his death and the death of his cousin. [...]
China makes rare earth mineral threats
China controls a disturbing amount of the rare earth minerals vital for high tech manufacturing, the defense industry and many other industrial uses. They have been on an extended effort to corner this market for decades and now are threatening to use this as a weapon in in the current trade war. [...]