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Inside Putin’s Libyan Power Play

The Kremlin is trying to prove it can succeed where Washington failed in ending the country's slide into chaos.

The Cable

Why Did Several Arab Countries Suddenly Cut Ties With Qatar?

On the heels of Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, that country and others cut Gulf ties.

Shadow Government

Could Italy Get Trump to Care About Fixing Libya?

Paolo Gentiloni's visit to Washington provides an opportunity for Donald Trump to heed an ally's advice.

Report

Russia Nixes Former White House Aide for Top U.N. Job in Libya

The Trump administration’s torpedoing of a former Palestinian prime minister as U.N. envoy to Libya may have boomeranged on the White House.

The Cable

SitRep: Sources: Pentagon’s New Look at Yemen Effort; Mattis’ Letter to White House; Generals Want More in Somalia

Mosul Air Strike Blowback; U.S. Troops Blend into Mosul Fight; NATO Worried about Russia in Libya as U.S. Keeps Troops There; And Lots More

Argument

Libya Can’t Save Itself

As fighting heats up between rival armed groups and Russia increases its involvement, a power vacuum threatens to tear the country apart.

Report

Italy’s Last-Ditch Effort to Stabilize Libya

Rome is trying to shape the future of its onetime colony, but may get elbowed aside by local strongmen and their foreign partners.

Argument

Libya’s Hollow Victory Over the Islamic State

Libyans are about to win a long-awaited victory over the Islamic State. So why does no one feel like celebrating?

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