ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack Killing 6 Libyan Special Operations Forces

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack Killing 6 Libyan Special Operations Forces

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ISIS IN ACTION

On 23 August, ISIS claimed an attack on the Kaam checkpoint 20 km east of Khoms. Six members of the Government of National Accord (GNA) affiliated Special Operations Force were killed in the attack. The attack was reportedly conducted by three men, one of whom was killed, using automatic rifles and PRGs. On 26 August, the GNA vowed to punish the perpetrators and ordered the general prosecutor to take the necessary legal measures against them. It said that investigations by local security directorates had led to the arrest of another ISIS cell member, reportedly connected to the perpetrators of the Kaam attack.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 28 August, US AFRICOM said it had killed a suspected ISIS fighter in an airstrike in Bani Walid. AFRICOM said it had carried out the strike in coordination with the Government of National Accord (GNA). It didn’t name the person who was killed, but local residents named him as Walid Bu Hariba, a Libyan from Sirte. The strike reportedly hit him while he was driving in a vehicle in Bani Walid. No other casualties have been reported.

On 27 August, UNSMIL called on all militias to observe an immediate ceasefire in the capital after clashes erupted in southern Tripoli.

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