Monday, March 2, 2015

MENA Report ( March 2 , 2015 ) - Iraq / Syria / ISIS War in particular focus ( Mosul Attack postponed due to ISF clearly not being up to task , In Syria , US Armed Rebels Dissolve ) ....... Libya in Focus ( note the role Egypt has played as a power broker in that failed state ) ....... Iran Talks in focus ( we are now in March - expect another end of the month cliff hanger )


US Scraps Attack on Mosul; Iraqis Not Ready

Iraq: 4,134 Killed in February

Routed by Qaeda, US-Armed Syria Rebels Dissolve

Iraq PM Urges Forces to Spare Civilians in Tikrit Battle

Kurdish Oil Deal With Baghdad Hangs by a Thread

Syria Agrees to UN Fact-Finding Mission in Aleppo

Libya Foreign Minister Says 5,000 Foreign Fighters Fighting Along With Extremists

Canada Rules Out Military Intervention in Libya

Iran Offer to Cut Centrifuges by a Third Led to Progress in Nuclear Talks

Egypt's Sisi Meets New Saudi King to Discuss Middle East Crises

Evening Tweets.....

Obama: Iran must halt nuclear work for 10 years via

Syria's opposition, rebels reject UN envoy's plan for Aleppo

Libya's elected parliament agrees to resume UN talks: spokesman

offensive to retake under way

Ex-Libyan general appointed army chief


US envoy to Yemen says Hadi 'legitimate' president

 Top news story

Saudi diplomat held hostage for almost 3 years by al-Qaeda in Yemen is freed, officials say

"I get either no response or a weak response when I ask about evacuation." America abandoned one of its own in Yemen:

Morning Tweets.......

Deadly rocket attack launched in Libya’s Benghazi: Nearly four years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya ...

Oil falls 1 percent on weak China outlook, higher Libya production

panel:Despite an invite by |n officials &lip-service from Leon, didn't provide needed support

warns Arms Bound for Pose Terror Risk, could end up with Islamist radicals

UN panel finds evidence Egypt gave helicopters to Haftar, simply painting over markings

And the map copying continues, this time it's

The Forgotten War – Understanding The Incredible Debacle Left Behind By NATO In Libya

In retrospect, Obama’s intervention in Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards. Libya has not only failed to evolve into a democracy; it has devolved into a failed state. Violent deaths and other human rights abuses have increased severalfold. Rather than helping the United States combat terrorism, as Qaddafi did during his last decade in power, Libya now serves as a safe haven for militias affiliated with both al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Libya intervention has harmed other U.S. interests as well: undermining nuclear nonproliferation, chilling Russian cooperation at the UN, and fueling Syria’s civil war.

As bad as Libya’s human rights situation was under Qaddafi, it has gotten worse since NATO ousted him. Immediately after taking power, the rebels perpetrated scores of reprisal killings, in addition to torturing, beating, and arbitrarily detaining thousands of suspected Qaddafi supporters. The rebels also expelled 30,000 mostly black residents from the town of Tawergha and burned or looted their homes and shops, on the grounds that some of them supposedly had been mercenaries. Six months after the war, Human Rights Watch declared that the abuses “appear to be so widespread and systematic that they may amount to crimes against humanity.”

As a consequence of such pervasive violence, the UN estimates that roughly 400,000 Libyans have fled their homes, a quarter of whom have left the country altogether.