16 dead after militants attack Grand Bassam beach resort

On Sunday, six armed militants killed fourteen civilians and two soldiers in an attack on Grand Bassam, an Ivory Coast beach resort popular among Westerners and located only 25 miles from the capital, Abidjan.   According to a witness, the attackers were “heavily armed and wearing balaclavas” and “fired at guests at L’Etoile du Sud, a large hotel which was full of expats in the current heatwave.”  Photos posted by other witnesses on Twitter showed the assailants toting machine guns and a sign...
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Anxiety in Benghazi: Libya's Militia Problem

October 20th is the third anniversary of the day when Muammar Gaddafi, the dictator of Libya for over 40 years, was found in a drainage ditch outside his loyal stronghold of Sirte and unceremoniously beaten and stabbed to death by a rebel militia, effectively ending the months-long civil war. What has followed since then has been what President Obama called back in August his, “biggest foreign policy regret,” – the gradual degradation of Libyan civil society in the post-Gaddafi era. Bolstered b...
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Yemen in Crisis: A New Middle East Proxy War?

On Sunday, September 21, Shiite Houthi rebels from the north of Yemen stormed the capital Sana’a, seizing government facilities and forcing a conciliatory ceasefire agreement from the Sunni central government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. To understand this conflict, it is critical to know who the Houthis are. They are followers of a branch of Islam known as Zaidism. The Zaidis ruled northern Yemen for nearly 1,000 years, with their reign coming to an end in 1962. The name “Houthi” ...
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