Author: Eye on ISIS in Libya

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Italian Authorities Accuse ISIS and Mafia of Cooperation

ISIS IN ACTION Last week media sources reported that Italian authorities suspect that ISIS and other jihadi networks in Libya are in cahoots with the Italian Mafia and illegal fuel smuggling operations. According to La Republica, the police had found substantial amounts of Libyan and Syrian crude that “shouldn’t have been there” and were greater […]

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Libya Delegations and Egypt to Start Talks This Week

WESTERN RESPONSE On 31 July, delegations from Misrata and eastern Libya, including House of Representatives (HoR) president Agilah Saleh, traveled to Cairo to attend meetings facilitated by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, and Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Hijazi. The talks are due to start on 1 August, but the topic and intended outcome of […]

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Anti-Qatar Coalition Adds 6 Libyan Entities to ‘Qatari-Funded Terror’ List

ISIS IN ACTION Misratan-led Bunyan Marsus (BM) forces have raised the level of security readiness in Sirte in response to increased security threats. There are reports that on 22 July, BM forces sent 20 vehicles to Sabaa and established checkpoints at the west and east of the city in anticipation of an impending Islamic State […]

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EU Reaches Out to Local Governments in Libya to Address Issues

ISIS IN ACTION Battles continue in the final area (Khribish) in Sabri district of Benghazi, where a number of fighters and families are now still believed to be holding out, despite General Haftar’s announcement of official victory in Benghazi on 5 July. 10 LNA fighters were killed last week according to pro-LNA media. This raises […]

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US Could Finalize New Military and Diplomatic Policy for Libya in Coming Weeks

ISIS IN ACTION Misratan al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces, who nominally support the Government of National Accord (GNA), announced last week that they had skirmished with three units affiliated with the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Qasr Abu Hadi, south of Sirte, while they were on an anti-ISIS reconnaissance mission in the area. There are hopes […]

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French Defense Minister Calls Libya a “Totally Failed State”

ISIS IN ACTION On 28 June, two ISIS captives being held in Misrata, one Libyan and the other Egyptian, were said to have escaped from a prison belonging to the military intelligence agency in al-Kharrouba area in Misrata. The reports have not been independently verified and could be misinformation designed to muddy Misrata’s reputation. Sources […]

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UN Appoints New Special Envoy to Libya, Replacing Martin Kobler

ISIS IN ACTION Although Sirte is gradually recovering following the eviction of ISIS in December last year, tensions are growing between the Salafist 604 brigade, which currently helps to secure the city, and other forces from the Government of National Accord (GNA) aligned al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) coalition. Last week, there was an assassination attempt on […]

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Libya’s HoR Announces Cutting (Non-Existent) Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

ISIS IN ACTION On 5 June, the anti-crime unit of Misrata’s security forces released a recording that claims to show the ‘confessions’ of ISIS fighter Ahmed al-Mshiti. Known as Aseeda, he was one of the leading ISIS figures in the Sabri area of Benghazi, and was captured on his return to Misrata after receiving medical […]

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Libya’s UN-Backed Government Condemns Egypt’s Airstrikes

ISIS IN ACTION According to local sources, on 24 May militias clashed with ISIS fighters near Bani Walid. Four ISIS fighters were killed. ISIS fighters are still active in the area after dispersing into the desert south-west of Sirte following their defeat at the hands of the Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus forces last year. Locals report […]

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UN-Backed Libyan PM Meets With Trump in Riyadh

ISIS IN ACTION Amongst the flurry of videos released this week depicting the Brak attack and other violent acts, one piece of footage emerged on 20 May containing references to the Islamic State (ISIS). The video was released by the Libyan National Army (LNA) after they obtained the footage from the phone of a captured […]

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