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Egypt says Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law Undermines Middle East Peace

Cairo (MEE) – Egypt on Saturday said a new Israeli law giving Jews the exclusive right to self-determination in the country undermined the chances for peace in the Middle East and the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes. The law, which was passed on Thursday, drew a rebuke from the European Union and was denounced […]

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What’s Behind the Eritrea-Ethiopia Thawing Relations?

Addis Ababa (GPA) – On June 5th Ethiopia announced a monumental reform on behalf of its new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed. The nation would accept and implement the 2000 Algiers Agreement that ended the Eritrean–Ethiopian War (1998-2000). It also announced a new support for a 2002 ruling by the UN-backed Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC), which […]

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Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife

ISIS IN ACTION On 10 July, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) Criminal Investigations Department in Brega arrested an individual suspected of being an ISIS fighter. During the arrest, the suspect was discovered to possess a suicide belt. On 10 July, in the earlier hours of the morning, a large contingent of Special Deterrence Forces (Rada) […]

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Libyan National Sentenced to 22 Years in US Prison for Role in 2012 Benghazi Attack

ISIS IN ACTION On 28 June, airstrikes targeting Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB) and ISIS locations were reported near Bani Walid. At the time of writing it is unclear if it was either of the two groups or an amalgamation of forces fleeing the Oil Crescent after participating in Ibrahim Jadhran’s assault on the oil facilities. […]

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Italian Company Discovers Massive Gas Find off Egyptian Coast: Report

Cairo (MEE) – Find would cement country’s ‘gas hub’ dreams and casts doubt over $15bn deal to import Israeli gas announced in February. An Italian energy company has reportedly discovered a gas field off the Egyptian coast three times larger than one found in 2015 which was described as the largest ever found in the […]

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US Refutes Claims that Recent Airstrike in Libya Killed Innocent Civilians

ISIS IN ACTION On 26 June, ISIS fighters kidnapped two Libyan National Army (LNA) officers while they participated in a social gathering in the desert area between Zallah and Waddan. The officers were identified by their military IDs. In the most recent edition of their digital newspaper, al-Naba, ISIS claimed to have undertaken two attacks […]

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Zimbabwe President Narrowly Escapes Blast; 2 Dead, 150 Injured

Harare (TSN) – Attempts on Emmerson Mnangagwa’s life have been made before, so much so that after Saturday’s blast the president said he was “used to” it. Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa narrowly escaped injury when a blast exploded at a political rally on Saturday: something “exploded a few inches away from me, but it is not my time,” he said. Although […]

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US Conducts Drone Strike on al-Qaeda in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION On 14 June, unconfirmed reports suggest ISIS and Benghazi Defence Brigade fighters were spotted near the village of Harawa, 50 km east of Sirte. Libyan National Army al-Saiqa Special forces are said to have mobilized to the location in response to the reports. WESTERN RESPONSE On 13 June, U.S Africa Command (AFRICOM), […]

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US, UK, France Block Central African Republic’s Request For Chinese Arms

Bangui (PANW) The US, France and the UK have put on hold, a request from the Central African Republic for UN Security Council approval of Chinese Weapons deliveries for its national forces. All the three nations have raised concerns about the use of lethal equipment CAR requested that include Chinese-made armored vehicles, machine guns, tear […]

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Saudi Efforts to Internationally Isolate Iran Produces Results

Riyadh (AMN) – Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan and Algeria have in recent weeks accused Iran of subversive activity and propagating Shiism while Morocco last month announced that it was breaking off diplomatic relations with the Islamic republic. While […]

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