Feb 24 2015

A Former US Marine and State Department Official Analyses the Latest on the ISIS War

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GUEST: Matthew Hoh, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and former Director of the Afghanistan Study Group…

The Iranian Ambassador’s residence in Libya’s capital Tripoli was just attacked by militant soldiers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State. The house was attacked by a rocket strike and came just two days after reports emerged that ISIS killed 40 people in a double suicide bombing in the Eastern part of the country. And, ISIS beheaded 21 coptic Christians from Egypt around the same time. The incidents now mark Libya as another prime site from which ISIS is operating, in addition to northern Iraq and Syria.

Among the consequences of the growing instability in Libya is the mass exodus of thousands of Egyptian migrants. Nearly 15,000 Egyptians have reportedly crossed a shared border between Egypt and Libya, back into their home country. Some people were being airlifted out. Airstrikes by the Egyptian and Libyan governments have targeted ISIS positions in recent days.

Meanwhile newly confirmed Defense Secretary Ashton Carter held talks in Kuwait, and Afghanistan yesterday with top level officials about the ISIS war. His goal, according to an official speaking anonymously to AFP was, “to better understand the challenge posed by the jihadists and the range of efforts aimed at defeating them, said the official.”

To read Matthew Hoh’s work visit the Center for International Policy.

GUEST: …Matthew Hoh is also a former US Marine, and a State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over in 2009.

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