Africa Libya

ISIS Changing Strategies in Libya Similar to Those Used in Iraq & Syria

ISIS IN ACTION On 16 November and 19 November, the Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces aligned with the GNA suffered losses as ISIS fighters managed to launch commando missions against the forces. With more than 650 BM fighters killed and 3,000 injured since the battle for Sirte began, the BM operations room has largely ceased publishing […]

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Diplomats Meet to Discuss What’s Next For Libya

ISIS IN ACTION The spokesperson for the Misratan-led al-Bunyan al-Marsus (BM) forces aligned with the GNA said this week that the area in Sirte controlled by ISIS fighters is ‘less than the size of a football pitch’. BM forces said they are delaying a final push into the remaining ISIS enclave in al-Jiza al-Bahriya in order […]

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John Kerry & Boris Johnson Host Meeting to Formulate ‘Economic Roadmap’ for Libya

ISIS IN ACTION The al-Bunyan al-Marsus spokesperson said last week that the last ISIS-held stronghold in Sirte (al-Jiza al-Bahriya) in which ISIS and BM forces are now fighting, is less than one square kilometre in area. On 31 October, BM forces made further advances into this area. BM forces are also undertaking significant mine clearance missions […]

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US Has Launched Nearly 350 Strikes Against IS in Libya Since August 1st

ISIS IN ACTION Last week, BM forces in Sirte made further advances into ISIS-held areas. On 21 October, Rida Issa, a spokesman for the BM forces said “the forces have completely recaptured the 600 block area in Sirte from gangs of Daesh, and now the Ghiza Bahriya area is the last pocket of resistance.” On 20 […]

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Libyans Miss Gaddafi as They Mark 5 Years Since His Killing

(teleSUR) Libya – During Gaddafi’s rule the country had free education and health care and the government spent billions of dollars from oil revenues on social programs. Five years after an uprising killed Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, residents in the capital spoke about how they have grown to miss the longtime strongman as the frustrations of daily […]

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Libyans Angered by Western Interference in Political Affairs

ISIS IN ACTION On 18 September, the GNA’s Misratan-led Bunyan Marsous (BM) forces resumed their ‘final’ push to destroy remaining pockets of ISIS fighters in Sirte after a two-week break. Two ISIS SVBIED’s were destroyed before they could reach their targets, while artillery targeted the coastal 3rd district where ISIS fighters are holding out.  Local […]

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ISIS Pinned into 20Km2 pocket in Central Sirte and Anger at Lack of Western Medical Treatment of Injured Anti-ISIS Fighters

As nominally ‘GNA-aligned’ militias made highly impressive gains against IS in Sirte last week, and a degree of euphoria has gripped international actors and some GNA supporters, these gains have not automatically led to authentic political unity among Libya’s major anti-IS factions .  To the contrary, prospects for unity and strengthened political legitimacy for the […]