Why the War in Libya Matters to Israel and the West

On April 4, the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar launched a major offensive from his stronghold in the eastern part of the country to take Tripoli from the Islamist government ensconced there. His attack has since bogged down in heavy fighting. Jonathan Spyer examines the implications of this ongoing civil war, which he understands as a conflict between two regional alliances:

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More about: Islamism, Libya, Middle East, Qatar, Turkey

Mike Pompeo Rejects One of the Myths of the Palestinian Refugees

Jan. 19 2021

Since the beginning of the year, the outgoing secretary of state has been using his Twitter account to tout his department’s various accomplishments during his tenure. Among these, notes Jimmy Quinn, lay an important statement explaining the 2018 decision to cease funding the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA): “it’s estimated [that less than] 200,000 Arabs displaced in 1948 are still alive and most others are not refugees.” Quinn explains:

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More about: Mike Pompeo, Palestinian refugees, U.S. Foreign policy, UNRWA