American Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Join ISIS in Libya

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ISIS IN ACTION

On 28 February, US law enforcement officials stated that twenty-year-old Bernard Raymond Augustine from Keyes in the US, accused of trying to enter Libya to join ISIS, had been arrested. Augustine had been returned to the US from Tunisia after being first arrested in Tunisia in 2016. Augustine is said to have told US customs that he intended to travel to Tunisia for a vacation. The American has been charged with attempting to provide material to support terrorism, with a search of his computer allegedly containing messages he had sent praising the group.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 4 March, the Egyptian army announced it had foiled an “infiltration attempt” across its western border with Libya after reportedly destroying 11 vehicles loaded with arms and ammunition on the Libyan border. The is the latest in a series of similar claims, the most recent on 12 and 15 February, where the Egyptian army said they destroyed convoys of vehicles carrying weapons and fighters into western Egypt. However, as with the previous reports, no details were given about death toll or who the alleged perpetrators were thought to be. On 9 February, the Egyptian army said it had launched a wide-ranging security operation in Sinai, the Nile Delta and the western desert close to the Libyan border — involving elements from both the army and police — aimed at finding the perpetrators of a recent string of attacks.

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