U.S. Falling Into the Islamic State’s Trap | The Intercept

There are many reasons the U.S. shouldn’t go to war with the Islamic State — and the best one may be because that is exactly what they want us to do.

A growing number of people I consider experts in the field believe that the recent beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker were deliberate acts of provocation, and that ISIS is not just hoping for an American overreaction, but depending on it — perhaps even for its own survival.

Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was one of the few heroes of modern American counter-terrorism, tells Mehdi Hasan of the Huffington Post UK: [Read more]

Leaked dossier shows Egypt’s links to Libya | Al Jazeera

The message emerging from the Madrid conference held on Wednesday to discuss the Libyan crisis was clear: Foreign military intervention will not restore stability in Libya. Foreign intervention, said Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdulaziz in a press statement following the talks, “has always led to disaster”.

However, a leaked document obtained by Al Jazeera this week demonstrates the extent to which the country has turned into a proxy battleground for larger regional rivalries.

Libya’s increasingly polarised political scene, according to analysts, has reinforced this perception. The country has two competing governments which were both sworn in this month. In Tripoli, the country’s reconvened General National Congress refuses to accept the legitimacy of the elected House of Representatives in the eastern city of Tobruk, which in turn rejects the authority of its counterpart in the country’s capital. [Read more]

Army chief of staff says U.S. may need more troops in Iraq | Washington Post

Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said Friday it might be necessary to deploy more U.S. forces to Iraq beyond the 1,600 troops already there, warning that the fight against the Islamic State will intensify and could go on for years.

Odierno, who served as the top U.S. military commander during the last war in Iraq, also said he would not rule out the need to send small numbers of U.S. ground troops into combat as tactical airstrike spotters or as front-line advisers embedded with Iraq forces. [Read more]

What Will U.S. Forces Do With ISIS Prisoners? | Newsweek

Washington’s ramped up war on the Islamic State looks like an airliner lifting off the runway with mechanics still working on the wings.

Among the many unresolved issues in the campaign to “degrade and destroy” ISIS, as it’s generally known, is what to do with prisoners in Iraq or Syria, should American special operators or U.S.-backed forces be lucky enough to capture any. How deeply will we be involved in interrogating them? Will we stand by as our “moderate” Syrian rebels and our Iraqis “partners,” as the administration now calls them, go to work on prisoners? Where will detainees be held, and for how long? How will we enforce our newly embraced ban on torture, when the Iraqi security forces we’re advising employ mutilation and murder as a matter of course?

To say all this is a work-in-progress is an understatement. [Read more]

Third mystery airstrike in Libya after ‘state of emergency’ announced | Middle East Eye

A  third mystery airstrike targeted an ammunition store held by Libya Dawn militias on Thursday night.

It was unclear whether the strike, which threw huge palls of smoke into the skies above the suburb just north of central Tripoli in western Libya, caused any casualties among militants or civilians in the residential area surrounding the ammunition store. [Read more]

Al-Sisi Ascendant | The Economist

WHEN he addresses the UN General Assembly on September 25th, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will surely have reason to feel pleased. The former field-marshal’s first 100 days as president, following a strong electoral win in June, have brought economic and diplomatic advances as well as hope to Egyptians wearied by years of political turmoil. Yet the health of the most populous Arab state remains fragile. Full recovery will take more time and less of a few things, not least reliance on heavy-handed police to silence dissent.

Mr Sisi can take credit for some good first steps. Successive Egyptian governments have shied from tackling ruinously large energy subsidies. But in July Mr Sisi’s cabinet raised fuel prices, which will both restrain galloping consumption and trim the government’s budget deficit, running perilously above 11% of GDP. [Read more]

TURKEY OPENS DOOR TO THOUSANDS OF SYRIANS FLEEING ISIS | Daily Sabah

Thousands of exhausted Syrian refugees who fled from Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants entered Turkey after security forces opened the gates in the southeastern Turkish city of Şanlıurfa on Friday afternoon. “We will take in our brothers fleeing to Anatolia from Syria or any other place without any ethnic or sectarian discrimination.

We have taken in 4,000 brothers. The number might increase. Their needs will be met. This is a humanitarian mission,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said during his visit to Azerbaijan. “As long as Turkey remains strong and has a capacity, it will help everyone seeking refuge.” [Read more]

 

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