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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Egypt Pushing for International Action on Libya

In addition to its on Monday airstrike against Islamic State elements in Libya in retaliation for the murder of 21 Egyptian Christians, Egypt appears to be urging wider international intervention in Libya, possibly including Italy, the former colonial power, This is the latest instance, among many, of the emerging alliance of Gulf States and Egypt in taking proactive military measures against radical jihadist movements.

 It is probably no coincidence that Egypt also just  ordered Rafale multirole fighters from France, a deal which may be underwritten by Gulf funds.

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