Olivier Guitta, Al Jazeera: US starts its long-awaited anti-ISIL campaign in Libya
After the disastrous intervention in 2011, the US has to be careful of the unintended consequences of a new campaign.
On August 1, the United States began a new military air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in its stronghold of Sirte in Libya. This has come as an unsurprising move.
The bombing was in response to the request of the Government of National Accord (GNA), whose Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj had previously said Libya did not need foreign intervention.
In fact, for many this is exactly the expected scenario: the GNA - set up by the United Nations and wanted by the West - is turning out to be, among other things, an instrument to legitimise military strikes against jihadist groups.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 2, 2016
How ISIS Defectors Can Help Us Beat Terror -- Anne Speckhard and Ahmet S. Yayla, Time
Erdoğan shadow over Cyprus peace bid -- Sara Stefanini, Politico
The West’s Decline Would Hurt China -- Minxin Pei, Project Syndicate
U.S. Focus on South China Sea Risks Ceding Ground to China in Africa -- James D. Durso, RCW
Model for prosperity? Russian republic climbs out of backwater status -- CSM
So What About Trump's Bromance With Putin and Russia? -- Timothy L. O'Brien, Bloomberg
Podcast: What is Russia doing to influence the U.S. election? -- Jason Fields, Reuters
Of Course U.S. Candidates Have Ties to Russia -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Italy's Disastrously Incoherent Foreign Policy -- Francesco Galietti, National Interest
Training Ukraine: Turning a Soviet Army Into a Modern Force -- Paul D. Shinkman. US News and World Report
A darkness over Europe -- Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail
Long Lines and Empty Shelves: Venezuela drives the socialist bus off a cliff. -- Dario Paya, Weekly Standard
The Disaster Olympics -- Marin Cogan, NYMag
To fight Trump, journalists have dispensed with objectivity -- Justin Raimondo, L.A. Times
The U.S. steps back from the world stage, and the consensus for leadership dissolves -- Fred Hiatt, Washington Post