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The US, NATO and the United Nations are focused on ISIS in Iraq and Syria, while ISIS commits familiar atrocities in Libya. US Special Forces may be sent in, but with three rival governments, there's hardly a formula for easy success. 

Later on the program, Kosovo — once a budding democracy, how a hotbed for Muslim extremism in the Balkans.

Photo: Pentagon sources confirmed the presence of a special forces unit, December 18, 2015. (Libyan Air Force/Facebook)

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Katie Cooper
Sasa Woodruff

Are Baggage Fees to Blame for the Long TSA Lines? 6 MIN, 30 SEC

A month after whistleblowers testified before Congress, airlines passengers are still fuming about long lines. Now, the security chief of the Transportation Security Administration, Kelly Hoggan, has been replaced. Frederick Kunkle writes the Tripping blog for the Washington Post, about the experience of travel.

Guests:
Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post (@KunkleFredrick)

More:
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on NPR's 'Morning Edition'

Will Libya Be America's Next Quagmire in the Middle East? 33 MIN, 55 SEC

President Obama says chaos in Libya is one of his major foreign-policy failures — with three rival governments all beset by the forces of ISIS. But the President's not giving up on trying to establish some kind of order, and US Special Op Forces could be sent there “any day.” Critics say it's a strategy that hasn't succeeded before, and warn about making things worse — with American lives on the line. We hear about possible options and what it's like on the ground.

Guests:
Letta Tayler, Human Rights Watch (@lettatayler)
Andrew Bacevich, Boston University
Paul Scharre, Center for a New American Security (@paul_scharre)
Mohamed Eljarh, Atlantic Council (@Eljarh)

More:
Secretary of State Kerry's remarks on Libya
Tayler on why ISIS gets away with murder in Sirte
HRW on life under ISIS in Sirte, Libya
Scharee on displacing, replacing ISIL in Eastern Syria and Western Iraq
Atlantic Council on Obama's 'shortsighted' approach in Iraq

Kosovo, from a Budding Democracy to a Hotbed of Extremism 9 MIN, 21 SEC

Kosovo, in the Balkans, is a nation transformed in just eight years — and not all for the better.


US Marines from the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion set up a road block
to check for weapons near the village of Koretin, Kosovo, on June 16, 1999
Photo: Sgt. Craig J. Shell, US Marine Corps

After the breakup of Yugoslavia, Kosovo gained independence from Serbia, and it was one of most pro-American nations in the Muslim world. Now, it’s a hotbed of extremism and fertile ground for ISIS. That’s according to a lengthy investigation by Carlotta Gall, foreign correspondent for the New York Times.

Guests:
Carlotta Gall, New York Times (@carlottagall)

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