Q&A: What’s happening in Libya?

Al-Jazeera 21 December 2017   Libyan general Khalifa Haftar has said the mandate for a UN-backed government in Tripoli has expired, plunging the North African country deeper into political turmoil. Haftar declared the UN-brokered Libyan political agreement and its institutions “void” in a televised speech earlier this week. “The 17th of December has arrived and brought with it the…

Israel’s ‘realities on the ground’ make a solution to the conflict harder to achieve

On 23 December 2016, the last UN Security Council Resolution on Palestine and Israel was passed. The resolution reaffirmed the illegality of Israeli settlement activities stating that “the establishment by Israel of settlements in the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, has no legal validity and constitutes a flagrant violation under international law”.…

U.S. made secret deal with ISIS to let thousands of fighters flee Raqqa to battle ASSAD in Syria.

Newsweek 12 December 2017   News of a covert agreement between the Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS was first leaked last month after a BBC News investigation. The U.S.-led coalition denied being a party to any agreements, telling Newsweek it does not “make deals with terrorists,” but acknowledging that its partner had let convoys depart the…