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Oct 7, 2013

Analysis: Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – Deep in Libya’s southern Sahara, tribal sheikhs crowded into a Bedouin tent last month to declare their remote province bordering Algeria would break away from the government in far-off Tripoli.

A thousand miles to the east, armed protesters had seized ports disrupting oil shipments into the Mediterranean in support of local activists who appointed a de facto prime minister.

Oct 6, 2013

Raid shows chaotic Libya a key militant haven

TUNIS (Reuters) – The U.S. raid to snatch a top al Qaeda suspect off a Tripoli street confirmed what many Libyans already feared: Post-revolution chaos has made their vast North African country a haven for Islamist militants with transnational ambitions.

Two years after a war backed by the West ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still fragile, its government weak and its army unable to control vast tracts of territory, where rival militias battle over a share of the country’s spoils.

Oct 5, 2013

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists start crisis talks with opposition

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists on Saturday began talks with secular opponents to try to agree on a transitional government and new elections to end months of political deadlock.

The North African country, where an uprising two years ago began the “Arab Spring” revolts, has been in crisis since the July assassination of an opposition leader triggered street protests demanding the government’s resignation.

Sep 23, 2013

Tunisia faces confrontation as Islamists dig in

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists rejected on Monday a plan for them to step down pending elections, deepening a confrontation with secular opponents that threatens the most promising democratic transition to have emerged from the Arab Spring.

Tunisia has been in turmoil since an opposition leader was assassinated in July, delivering a blow to hopes for a peaceful outcome to the first pro-democracy uprising in the Arab world.

Sep 9, 2013

Video shows leader of Algeria, Niger attacks

TUNIS (Reuters) – A video of militants who attacked Algeria’s Amenas gas field and a French mine in Niger shows Islamist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar praising, briefing and training fighters for his group’s operations in North Africa.

Belmokhtar, who has ties to al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, has been blamed for masterminding the January attack in Algeria that killed up to 38 foreign workers and exposed the security risks facing a top energy supplier to Europe.

Sep 8, 2013

Tunisia opposition rallies to street, pressures govt over crisis

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets on Saturday to renew their demands that the Islamist-led government step down and end a political deadlock threatening the North African country’s fledgling democracy.

It was the largest protest since Tunisia’s crisis erupted over the killing of an opposition leader in July, increasing pressure on the ruling Ennahda party to make way for a caretaker government before proposed elections.

Sep 7, 2013

Tunisia opposition rallies to street, pressures government over crisis

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Tunisians took to the streets on Saturday to renew their demands that the Islamist-led government step down and end a political deadlock threatening the North African country’s fledgling democracy.

It was the largest protest since Tunisia’s crisis erupted over the killing of an opposition leader in July, increasing pressure on the ruling Ennahda party to make way for a caretaker government before proposed elections.

Jun 20, 2013

Iraq says proxy war over Syria threatens its neutrality

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq is being buffeted by both sides in the civil war raging across its border in Syria and Baghdad’s official policy of neutrality is at risk as the conflict spirals into a region-wide proxy war, its foreign minister said.

After two years of fighting that has killed more than 93,000 people, Syria’s turmoil is dragging its neighbors into a deadly confrontation between Shi’ite Iran supporting President Bashar al-Assad and Sunni Arab Gulf nations backing Syrian rebels.

Jun 11, 2013

Al Qaeda, Sunni insurgents exploit Iraq’s sectarian woes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Masked gunmen stopped the bus full of Shi’ite Muslim police officers and families at what looked like an Iraqi army checkpoint on a western desert highway in the Sunni-dominated province of Anbar.

Two of the gunmen asked passengers one by one where they were from and then shot 14 dead in their seats, leaving one woman alive with a simple message: “Go back and tell them how we are killing you.”

Jun 10, 2013

Bombs and battles hit northern Iraq, more than 70 dead

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Insurgents attacked cities across Iraq on Monday with car bombs, suicide blasts and gun battles that killed more than 70 people in unrest that has deepened fears of a return to civil war.

No group claimed responsibility for the day-long attacks, most of them in northern Iraq, but officials blame much of the violence that has killed nearly 2,000 people since April on Sunni Islamist insurgents linked to al Qaeda’s local wing.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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