As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly

An agonizing choice for nearly 200 people holed up in a hotel as gunmen roamed unchecked: Wait overnight for rescue? Or make a run for it?

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American Soldiers Help Mozambique Battle an Expanding ISIS Affiliate

With a small military training program, the United States military has joined efforts to fight a brutal insurgency that has devastated northern Mozambique.

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Can Libya Put Itself Back Together Again?

There’s a glimmer of hope.

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Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Denies Role in Libya Mercenary Operation

In an interview, the contractor pushed back against a United Nations report accusing him of breaching a decade-old arms embargo on Libya.

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Erik Prince, Trump Ally, Violated Libya Arms Embargo, U.N. Report Says

Mr. Prince offered to supply weapons, drones and mercenaries to a Libyan militia commander seeking to overthrow the government, according to U.N. investigators.

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Horrified by the Blackwater Pardons

The F.B.I. agent who led the Blackwater investigation and two other letter writers are appalled by the pardon of men who killed innocent civilians.

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Blackwater’s Bullets Scarred Iraqis. Trump’s Pardon Renewed the Pain.

Iraqi witnesses against Blackwater guards were promised justice after a mass killing in Baghdad in 2007. ‘Today,’ one said, the bullets still in his leg, ‘they proved to me it was just theater.’

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Russian Attack Jets Back Mercenaries Fighting in Libya

An American military official said the warplanes were conducting combat missions in support of Kremlin-backed private security forces, and extending Moscow’s influence in Africa.

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Waves of Russian and Emirati Flights Fuel Libyan War, U.N. Finds

A confidential report sent to the Security Council details extensive breaches of the international arms embargo on Libya by eight countries since the beginning of the year.

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Libyan Rivals Call for Peace Talks. It May Be Wishful Thinking.

The announcement of a cease-fire was a rare positive development in a chaotic conflict plagued by foreign meddling. But skeptics abound.

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The Next Global Flash Point

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the West has retreated. That leaves Turkey and Russia to fill the vacuum.

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Libyan Commander Backed by Russia Says He’s Ready for Talks to End War

Khalifa Hifter saw the collapse this week of his 14-month campaign to capture Tripoli from a government backed by the U.N. and Turkey.

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Russian-Backed Libyan Commander Retreats From Tripoli

Belligerents on all sides of the Libyan conflict, including Turkey, Russia and the U.A.E., are preparing for a new stage after a pullback by the forces of the commander, Khalifa Hifter.

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U.S. Accuses Russia of Sending Warplanes to Libya

The unusually sharp assertion by a senior American commander underscored the Pentagon’s concern about Moscow’s growing influence in the country’s sprawling war.

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By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

A short-lived mission uncovered by U.N. investigators offers a glimpse into the world of those who have thrived off Libya’s chaos.

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Trump Considers Billionaire Investor for Intelligence Job

Stephen Feinberg, who backed the president’s campaign, is said to be in talks for a top post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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The White House Blessed a War in Libya, but Russia Won It

Russia wanted more leverage over an aspiring Libyan strongman. The White House provided it by assenting to a disastrous civil war.

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