Nov. 19, 2014

ISIL Takes Libyan City

CNN reports on ISIL’s latest triumph: “The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group’s insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya. Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union.” Barack Obama’s policy of removing Moammar Gadhafi was a failure, and a predictable one at that. Gadhafi was a thug and a bad dude, but his absence has left Libya as a completely failed state. That didn’t have to happen. And now ISIL is gaining turf beyond merely Iraq and Syria – something they’ve aspired to all along. More…

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