ISIS Sets up Checkpoint in Libyan Oil Crescent

ISIS Sets up Checkpoint in Libyan Oil Crescent

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ISIS IN ACTION

On 13 August, ISIS Wilayat Barqah released a eulogy in their “Caravans of Martyrs” of Kenyan fighter Abu Mousa al-Keni.

On 9 August, ISIS claimed in its latest al-Naba newsletter (no 143) that they had raided a Libyan National Army checkpoint close to Fuqaha in Jufrah at dawn on 4 August. The group claims to have killed and wounded several soldiers and stolen equipment before setting the checkpoint of fire and fleeing. However, there has been no corroborating reports or confirmation by the LNA of such an incident, and other sources claim that Chadian militiamen were manning the checkpoint.

On 8 August, ISIS set up a checkpoint on the Abjabiya to Jalu road and published photos of their exploits. It was also reported that a convoy of 20 ISIS fighters in seven vehicles was moving along the Coast Road, 90 kilometers east of Sirte. This coincides with Sirte security forces warming of an imminent attack by ISIS near Sirte and the Oil Crescent more broadly.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 9 August, the House of Representatives (HoR) Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation declared Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone as a ‘persona non-grata’. The decree is in response to his comments during a television interview last week which was widely interpreted as dismissing Libyan elections.

Perrone’s comments have continued to provoke small demonstrations, notably on 10 August, with locals in Sabratha, Surman, and Zawiyya in Western Libya protesting against Italian interference in Libyan affairs. Likewise, on 10 August, local communities from Benghazi and Tubruq demonstrated against Perrone’s statements.

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