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US Surprised by Egypt, UAE Airstrikes on Libyan Militants
Voice of America ^ | 08/27/2014

Posted on 08/26/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Senior U.S. officials said Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have launched airstrikes against Islamic militants in the Libyan capital twice in the past week.

U.S. officials told reporters that the move caught the United States by surprise, potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates.

U.S. officials said Egypt provided the base for the launch of the airstrikes, and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots.

Egypt has not publicly acknowledged any role in the air strikes. The UAE had no immediate comment.

The first strike took place in Tripoli a week ago and targeted Islamist-alligned militant-held facilities, such as a weapons depot, and killed six people, according to The New York Times.

The second airstrike hit militant-controlled rocket launchers, military vehicles and a warehouse in Tripoli, killing a dozen people.

U.S. officials, according to the Times, say the strikes have, so far, proved counterproductive. The militants gained control of the Tripoli airport just hours after the second attack.

(Excerpt) Read more at voanews.com ...


TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airstrikes; egypt; libya; uae; unitedarabemirates; waronterror

1 posted on 08/26/2014 9:26:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like some Arab countries can’t wait for 2017 either . . .


2 posted on 08/26/2014 9:27:29 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Egyptians are doing what we refuse to do.


3 posted on 08/26/2014 9:28:03 AM PDT by lurk
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To: LRoggy

Egypt needs to invade and take over Libya.


4 posted on 08/26/2014 9:28:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: El Zoro

Another surprise for the State Department...


6 posted on 08/26/2014 9:31:38 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: SeekAndFind

How did the UAE get aircraft over Libya? That’s a long way, and I don’t expect the UAE has tanker aircraft....


7 posted on 08/26/2014 9:31:43 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (FReerepublic: Bring a FRiend!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is what happens when you spend all your time playing golf at Martha’s Vineyard, you don’t know what’s going on in the world and other countries have no respect for you.


8 posted on 08/26/2014 9:31:56 AM PDT by Vinylly (?%S?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

“Egypt provided the base for the launch of the airstrikes, and the U.A.E. provided the aircraft and pilots.”

Whoa. Guess I could read....


9 posted on 08/26/2014 9:32:15 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (FReerepublic: Bring a FRiend!)
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To: SeekAndFind
US Surprised by....

That seems to be the start of almost every overseas news story these days.

10 posted on 08/26/2014 9:33:31 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: El Zoro

What the Eyptian military did is impressive. They didn’t wait when they saw that the MB was a threat, and got rid of them when they had a chance. If only the US had done that with ISIS when the nature of the beast became obvious.


11 posted on 08/26/2014 9:34:06 AM PDT by grania
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To: LRoggy

“...potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates.”

With Elmer Fudd in the White House, they don’t give a rat’s *ss.


12 posted on 08/26/2014 9:34:44 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Uncle Miltie; Cap Huff

You’re on to something...ask yourself how did we miss the movement of that many aircraft?


13 posted on 08/26/2014 9:39:12 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Vinylly

But I thought Obama was incredibly in the loop even when he’s on vacay! Marie Harp and Joltin Jen Psaki as well as the state media have been hyperventilating since the Bamster has been on the links that the WH knows all and sees all!


14 posted on 08/26/2014 9:40:17 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever)
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To: SeekAndFind
If the NYT says the strikes have been counterproductive then I'm sure they are highly productive and destabilizing the Obama supported militants.

I think president el-Sisi has been awesome in Egypt! Our president and his secretary of state are just sissies.


15 posted on 08/26/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT by outofsalt
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To: Jack Hammer

Its obvious. Obama would have informed the militants. He and his folks can’t wait to restore his m.b. buddies.


16 posted on 08/26/2014 9:41:08 AM PDT by epluribus_2 (he had the best mom - ever.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If the NYT says the strikes have been counterproductive then I'm sure they are highly productive and destabilizing the Obama supported militants.

I think president el-Sisi has been awesome in Egypt! Our president and his secretary of state are just sissies.


17 posted on 08/26/2014 9:41:10 AM PDT by outofsalt
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To: SeekAndFind

Egypt and the UAE undoubtedly remember when we had Bib Laden and his terrorist training camp in our sights back in the waning days of the Clinton administration and Madeline Albright thought it was more necessary to give Pakistan advance warning than destroy the target.


18 posted on 08/26/2014 9:42:01 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind; All
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19 posted on 08/26/2014 9:42:51 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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Your target will be alerted to the strike if you tell someone you can't trust or who is the target's friend.

ObamaISIS just happens to be both.

20 posted on 08/26/2014 9:43:03 AM PDT by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Henchster

Eygpt most certainly notified their new patron; RUSSIA.


21 posted on 08/26/2014 9:47:17 AM PDT by Tugo (Obama is a cultural Sunni .)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We know nuzzing!”


22 posted on 08/26/2014 9:50:56 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sort of like all those warnings given by the US State Department during the Arab Spring that caught so many Americans by surprise...

Glad to see that the famed former senator is doing just as well as the last famed former senator in keeping in touch with our (used to be) allies...


23 posted on 08/26/2014 9:52:36 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bomb Like An Egyptian.


24 posted on 08/26/2014 9:54:29 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: SeekAndFind

the message...... Obama was

or perhaps......Obama isn’t

One can only wonder if the vindictive tyrant will retaliate for the disrespect. dissing a black thug is the ultimate insult


25 posted on 08/26/2014 9:56:28 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: Uncle Miltie

the article says the aircraft flew from Egyptian bases


26 posted on 08/26/2014 9:57:28 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another item to add on the list of things they learned about from the news.


27 posted on 08/26/2014 9:57:59 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: windsorknot

rock the Kasbah


28 posted on 08/26/2014 9:58:25 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SeekAndFind

.....what is it about our US Government that causes it to think it knows best on EVERYTHING from regulating a kids lemonade stand to dropping bombs in Libya..............???

the plain truth is that historically the US Federal Government RARELY gets ANYTHING right!?


29 posted on 08/26/2014 10:01:05 AM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Strains relations? We ought to invite the pilots to the square dance and pen a medal on their chests.


30 posted on 08/26/2014 10:02:12 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why would anyone trust a Muslim Brotherhood agent like Obama al-Husseini with such information?


31 posted on 08/26/2014 10:03:54 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

So our allies are not talking to our wonderful, transparent, create a new world, POTUS before taking cross border actions? Perhaps, they called but got a busy signal or it went to voice mail. Or maybe they did not want to interrupt his golf game because it might upset him.

Once again the Dems have turned the executive office of our country into an international laughingstock.


32 posted on 08/26/2014 10:04:58 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We tried to leave a message on the White House answering machine but the tape was full” - Egypt.


33 posted on 08/26/2014 10:08:24 AM PDT by Daus
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To: SeekAndFind
I would be very surprised if no more countries "surprise" us.

Others had seen through the rice-paper-thin Obama. If this is not the lamest of lame ducks, I don't know what is. Can't wait for the famous "Obama cool" on live tv.

34 posted on 08/26/2014 10:11:09 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

We called at 3 am to let you know, but no one answered the phone.


35 posted on 08/26/2014 10:13:59 AM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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To: SeekAndFind

The WH intelligence security office is worthless - and a danger to the nation.


36 posted on 08/26/2014 10:22:40 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No one trust the First Duffer.


37 posted on 08/26/2014 10:33:36 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: lurk

It actually improves the legitimacy of the war on ISIS if other Muslim nations do it.


38 posted on 08/26/2014 10:47:49 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: SeekAndFind

How dare the world acts without Emperor Obama leading from behind.


39 posted on 08/26/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama the Sissy (Obama gave sissy a bad name) personifies “leading from behind”, that others and world events bypass him entirely.


40 posted on 08/26/2014 12:31:48 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: elpadre

Worthless? You’re being kind. Kriminally negligent and morally/ mentally halfassed is closer. The story says the US gummint had no idea that the UAE had an Air Force on the ground in Egypt. Tha’t disgustingly incompetent. But now some State Dept Dick claims the strike did more harm than good. Killing Muzzies is good. And why would they have any credibility starting now?


41 posted on 08/26/2014 1:07:11 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Uncle Miltie

They have 3 Airbus A330 MRTT in the tanker/transport roll


42 posted on 08/26/2014 1:12:52 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: El Zoro
Spot on with everything you said. The US will do nothing to suppress Islamic radicals, it is up to Egypt and UAE to take care of their own security issues.
43 posted on 08/26/2014 4:52:04 PM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet Israel knew about it. And the Saudis. Of course they weren’t about to tell the Obama regime either.


44 posted on 08/26/2014 6:23:33 PM PDT by Rainier1789 (My Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wait! How are we going to claim credit for uniting you?!


45 posted on 08/27/2014 3:32:41 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe that there was a statement from Egypt warning that the situation in Libya would threaten the security of Egypt. So it should not come as a surprise. If Egypt invaded Libya, what would the WH do about it, send Kerry to draw a red line? Good luck with that. The whole world is festering with unhappy souls, waiting for the spark.


46 posted on 08/27/2014 7:52:04 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary or Warren 2016! Why? Just to have a woman for Historical Purpose?? At least pick a looker!)
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To: SeekAndFind
U.S. officials told reporters that the move caught the United States by surprise, potentially dealing a blow to relations between Washington, Cairo and the Emirates.

This is very strange, that these attacks would come have been known for more that a month in the public domain. The person that wrote this statement is an ignorant newbie or something worse. I hope for the first.
47 posted on 08/27/2014 2:00:40 PM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: grania
What the Eyptian military did is impressive. They didn’t wait when they saw that the MB was a threat, and got rid of them when they had a chance. If only the US had done that with ISIS when the nature of the beast became obvious.

Not only do they know the score, they know what means what in the region (Plus, they have Morsi's brains to pick).

48 posted on 08/28/2014 3:04:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt's Generals: 'How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?'
Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt's military -- even as Cairo's security forces massacre anti-government activists. [by "anti-government activists" is meant church-burning Christian-murdering jihadists]
[Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat]

49 posted on 08/28/2014 9:38:49 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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