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ISIS Loses Headquarters in Sirte, Libya

U.S.-backed forces in Libya may declare victory over the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) in Sirte this week, but a victory over ISIS in Sirte may lead to more conflict in the long term and ultimately strengthen actors that pose a direct threat to U.S. national security.

U.S. Counter-ISIS Air Campaign Expands to Sirte

American military support for the Government of National Accord in Libya, in the absence of a political resolution in the country, risks worsening Libya’s civil war and benefitting ISIS and al Qaeda in the long term.

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Iran News Round Up

  • Iranian news outlet Memari News published a report accusing Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf’s office of giving government officials “huge discounts” on government-owned property.

Gulf of Aden Security Review

  • Yemen: al Houthi-Saleh Supreme Political Council chairman indicates willingness to negotiate; al Houthi-Saleh forces launch ballistic missile targeting Saudi military forces in Asir province, southern Saudi Arabia; reported U.S. airstrike targets AQAP militants near Ataq in Shabwah governorate; Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obaid bin Daghir announces Central Bank relocation from Sana’a to Aden. Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack SYL Hotel near presidential palace in Mogadishu; senior al Shabaab commander defects in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants attack SNA positions near Afgoi, Lower Shabelle region; Kenyan anti-terror police arrest two suspected ISIS recruits.