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ISIS Exploited Program to Get Medical Treatment in Italy and Turkey

ISIS IN ACTION
British daily newspaper The Guardian reported on 28 April that since late 2015, several Islamic State (ISIS) fighters may have infiltrated Italy disguised as wounded Libyan fighters. The paper quotes an Italian intelligence document which claims ISIS fighters took advantage of a scheme called the Comitato Assistenza Feriti Libici (Centre for the Support of Injured Libyans) to apply for special visas which allow wounded fighters to receive medical treatment in Europe. Wounded fighters are most commonly sent to hospitals in Turkey. Italian intelligence believes ISIS fighters presented false passports to medical personnel in Misrata, claiming to be members of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC). The article goes on to claim that Misrata is the headquarters for smuggling fighters from Libya to other countries, and where the fraudulent issue of passports for fighters takes place.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 2 May, photos emerged confirming earlier reports by Russian press agency Sputnik of a possible meeting between Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Serraj and Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar in Abu Dhabi. Although no information has yet been released about the content of the meeting, its very occurrence is significant. The two men have not met in person since the GNA established its headquarters in Tripoli in early 2016, despite external efforts to arrange such a meeting.

The meeting between Serraj and Haftar follows a recent meeting facilitated by Italy between House of Representatives (HoR) President Agilah Saleh and the President of the High Council of State (HCS) Abdurrahman Swehli. Both Saleh and Swehli downplayed the significance of their first meeting in Italy last month.

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