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Egypt and UAE New Anti-Islamist Police in Middle East

The US has been sidelined in the Middle East. Egypt, the UAE and the Saudis are the new police force.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, former Field Marshal and Minister of Defense

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, former Field Marshal and Minister of Defense
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Egyptian Government Ministry of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

A seismic shift has taken place in the Middle East. The United States has been relegated to the sidelines, along with the other onlookers.

Egypt, under the leadership of General, and now President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, joined together with the United Arab Emirates, and has twice struck at Islamist militants in Libya during the past week.

Ahmed Haidya, a spokesperson for Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn), said that airstrikes which hit military bases in Tripoli on Friday, Aug. 22, were orchestrated by Egypt and the UAE. A dozen Libyan militants were killed in those airstrikes.

Responsibility for the airstrikes was confirmed by “four senior American officials,” as reported by the New York Times on Monday.

In its report, the Times quotes American officials as having “acting without informing Washington or seeking its consent.”

Administration officials were allegedly fuming. They consider the military move to be a destabilizing force, one which may interfere with its own diplomatic efforts to calm what looks to be the next hot spot in the region, following Syria and Iraq.

But the Libyan government has, for all purposes, already fallen, and the militant Libyan Dawn took control of the Libyan airport and set it ablaze over the weekend. The Islamist group is already in control of the other two Libyan airports.

Libyan Dawn has support from a terrorist group which even the  U.S. despises, Ansar al-Sharia. This is the group believed to be responsible for the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three others in Benghazi, in 2012.

The newly emergent triumvirate of Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia forms one side of the divide, with Islamist extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which are supported by Turkey and Qatar.

The United States  used to be the acknowledged super power with control over the region. The U.S. has open relations with all the players, but its dithering, especially with respect to the three-year civil war in Syria which has claimed nearly 200,000 lives, has led others in the region to take more decisive roles.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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6 Responses to “Egypt and UAE New Anti-Islamist Police in Middle East”

  1. And China became the leading economy in the world, all while disengaged Obama plays golf in Martha’s Vineyard. “What a difference a day makes, 24 little hours.”

  2. The most powerful military in the world is essentially useless because its commander in chief is an immoral imbecile

  3. MAYBE for the time being. The SHIFTING SAND of the middle east politics is ALWAYS against the interest of the western culture.

  4. David Grim says:

    Good news for US.

  5. Obamas agenda fulfilled and come true:(

  6. That’s not the case guys,you gotta ponder a little bit.When it seems the US does’nt want to get involved-there’s a covert issue behind it.Stop bashing Israel’s biggest ally !!!

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