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Egypt bombs the Libyan failed state

Egypt has always held the key to bringing some sort of peace to broken Libya. But is Egypt prepared to shoulder this responsibility?

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Egypt has bombed terrorist training camps in eastern Libya in retribution for the terrorist massacre on Christian pilgrims travelling to the Anba Samuel near the city of Minya.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said that the terrorists who committed the atrocity were trained in Libya.

President Sisi vowed, “Egypt will not hesitate in striking any camps that harbour or train terrorist elements whether inside Egypt or outside Egypt”.

In many ways, the Egyptian attack on Libya is more to boost Egyptian morale than for anything else. It is highly likely that Egyptian jets did hit a terrorist training camp and this could only be a good thing, but the more worrying fact is that in Libya, it is difficult not to hit a terrorist training camp of one sort or another.

READ MORE: Coptic Christians slaughtered in Egypt on pilgrimage to monastery

The entire country has been turned into a series of terrorist training camps and outposts. Libya is a totally failed state and solutions to reuniting the country peacefully are few and far between.

That being said, Egypt has always held the key for Libya’s salvation, ever since Libya became a failed state in the aftermath of the Hillary Clinton authored NATO war on a country which at the time of the attack was a prosperous united state led by a government that had cooperated with Bush’s America and Blair’s Britain against terrorism.

Libya is now controlled by dozens of factions, including ISIS and al-Qaeda. Because of the effectively stateless disunity of Libya, many terrorist fighters in Syria and Iraq run to Libya when facing defeat on the battle field on this countries.

Of Libya’s many factions, there are two parties vying for the role of legitimate government. There is the western backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli and the Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk. Increasingly, the Tobruk government is appearing to be the more responsible of the two. The leader of it’s military wing, the Libyan National Army is Khalifa Haftar, one of the only figures in today’s Libya with any experience in regular combat. Haftar, whose faction controls Libya’s air force, helped coordinate the Egyptian bombing campaign and supports Egypt’s stance.

An additional power vying for control of Tripoli, the so-called National Salvation Government is also vying for power in Tripoli.

He was a long time officer in Gaddafi’s Libya before falling out with Libya’s revolutionary leader and relocating to the United States where he later  became an American citizen.

A Libyan National Army base was recently attacked by jihadists who proclaimed loyalty to the Tripoli government. The slaughter took the lives of over 141 people, including many civilians working on the base. The ambush style attack saw many individuals rounded up an executed.

READ MORE: Total civil war in Libya

This was in many ways the firing salvo in a total civil war. It is unclear if the recent Egyptian bombings of Libyan targets included those responsible for the attack on the Libyan National Army base which was not far from the Egyptian border.

Both Egypt and Russia support the Tobruk government, a government which in light of recent events seems like the only even somewhat legitimate option for Libya.

As the most populous Arab state and one with good relations with both the United States and Russia, Egypt is in a unique position to attempt to bring some sort of legitimacy, pace and stability into Libya.

However, it would require a great deal of time and resources, especially considering the internal problems Egypt is facing, not least a large ISIS insurgency on the Sinai peninsula as well as the continued presence of Muslim Brotherhood allied terrorist groups.

If Egypt was to ‘go in’ to Libya, it would essentially mean that Egypt would be fighting a war against terrorism on both sides of its territory. Thus far, President Sisi has not committed to such an endeavour.

The situation in Libya looks increasingly hopeless, like a kind of Somalia on the Mediterranean in many ways. If Egypt could rally its international partners including Russia and the US to agree on some sort of plan, the world might someday thank Egypt for such a more.

As it stands, Egypt is trying to save itself from the terrorist insurgency problem which got a great deal worse after the US decided to eventually back to forces which overthrew Egypt’s legitimate government in 2011. This led to just over a year of rule by the extremist pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood. Since the restoration of secular rule, President Sisi has faced many an uphill battle.

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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