Western powers meet Libyan PM over political standoff

The Levant News — The U.S., British and Italian foreign ministers began talks with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Seraj on Monday to tackle a political standoff preventing Tripoli’s U.N.-brokered unity government from expanding its authority outside the capital. Seraj and his two deputies met British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry …

U.S. sanctions ISIS branches in Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia

The Levant News — The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had designated Islamic State’s branch in Libya as a “foreign terrorist organization.” The department also designated the Sunni militant group’s branches in Libya, Yemen and Saudi Arabia as “specially designated global terrorists.” It said that designation “imposes sanctions and penalties on foreign persons …

Fighting “Islamic State” on several fronts

By David Ignatius for Stars and Stripes — U.S. special operations forces working with a widening array of partners are slowly tightening their squeeze on Islamic State group fighters in eastern Syria — moving toward an eventual assault on the jihadis’ self-declared capital of Raqqa. The Pentagon’s top priority in the campaign against the Islamic …

UK press up in arms over Obama comments about Cameron

LONDON: The British press Friday accused President Barack Obama of launching an unprecedented verbal attack on British Prime Minister David Cameron in a magazine interview. In a lengthy interview with The Atlantic, Obama faults Cameron and other European allies for shortcomings in dealing with Libya after the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi. …