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August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 | News Releases on

U.S. Should Continue to Provide Military Support to Fight Terrorists

The U.S. conducted airstrikes against the Islamic State’s primary stronghold in Libya, aiding an effort to recapture territory from the terrorists.  Heritage experts had earlier called attention to the threat (when the group first established a significant beachhead in Libya) and noted their designs on the country’s lucrative oil fields.

“Having created space for a resurgence of transnational terrorism, the U.S. is now playing catch-up in the region,” said James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Heritage’s lead national security expert. “President Obama is pursuing the same incremental gradualist strategy he used in Iraq and in Afghanistan – doing enough to escape criticism of doing nothing, and maybe enough to keep pot from boiling over.”

Read counterinsurgency expert Joshua Meservey’s plan for the U.S. to respond to crises in Africa, including continuing to provide military support.

Read Heritage’s plan for the next president to reverse the decline in U.S. power.

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