Know Your World!

Author: David X

United States aircraft carriers and the airpower they provide is vital to NATO efforts in combating ISIS in the Middle East.

ISIS is looking to invade Europe through Libya: Libya has returned to the world spotlight in recent weeks as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)[1] looks to broaden its operations in the North African country. IS has real motivation to expand to Libya as well. The country is a vital strategic stepping stone for future operations. It is situated next to Egypt, where pro-IS sympathy has grown immensely, particularly in the Sinai region of the country. Growing support in places like Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and even Nigeria has led to growing concern over the extremist groups spread and appeal. Besides being a foothold for IS to spread its ideology to North Africa, IS is also looking north: to Europe. Recent letters and recordings from a popular IS propagandist using the moniker Abu Ibrahim al-Libim reveals their intentions are real saying, to travel across the Mediterranean Sea by boats posing as illegal immigrants. After infiltrating various southern European ports the group plans to then cause massive chaos and attacks. IS plans to bolster its foothold in Libya and flood the country with fighters from Iraq and Syria in order to carry out this plan. Over 207,000 people attempted to cross into Europe from Libya after the Libyan Civil War which ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. Gaddafi’s death lead to Libya becoming a important hub terrorist activities as the country’s vast oil reserves, ammunition stockpiles, and weapon stockpiles.

Miami is Heating up: NBA Point Guards have been making headlines lately as Russell Westbrook dunked his way to a mean 41 points in the All Star Game, one point shy of tying the 42 point record set by Wilt Chamberlain. Stephen Curry lit up the All Star Three Point Contest hitting 13 straight threes totaling 27 points. Last year’s Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams was shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks. Reggie Jackson is now a member of the Detroit Pistons. The most interesting thing amongst all this point guard news is the Goran Dragic trade in which the Pheonix Suns let their star point guard for scraps to last years Finals runner up: The Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic in the backcourt should make for all kinds of slashing/acrobatic layup action all season. This news comes as a wave of positive amidst a sea of negative after the Heat lost their all star forward Chris Bosh for the remainder of the season to blood clots on his lungs.

[1] ISIS, as of June 2014, calls itself IS or Islamic State and proclaims to be a worldwide Caliphate. They are also known as ISIL or Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant or Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham.

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