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ISIS Fighters Hijack Fuel Trucks in Libya

ISIS IN ACTION
On 14 May, three fuel trucks were seized by ISIS fighters on the road from Abu Grien to Jufra, the same road where the ISIS attack on Misratan fighters took place on 7 May. The hijacking took place near the Great Man Made River crossing at Wadi Bey, south west of Sirte, close to where US airstrikes hit an ISIS camp in February.

Local sources say that leaders of the Government of National Accord (GNA) aligned Misratan al-Bunyan al-Marsus forces that fought against ISIS in Sirte received threats from ISIS social media and phone accounts. Messages accused them of being “infidels assisting imperialists” and that ISIS’s next operation would be called ‘Hadm al-Aswar fe Ard al-Mukhtar’, translated as ‘Breaking the Walls in the Land of [Omar] al-Mukhtar’. ISIS messages reportedly stated that ISIS sleeper cells were ‘awake’ in the mountainous desert regions and reminded them of ISIS’s latest feats in Mosul, as published in the ‘Saleel al-Sawarem 4’ video recently.

On 12 May, Noor al-Din al-Talhi, a Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) fighter and former member of Libya Shield 1 brigade, was reportedly killed in Souq al-Hout in Benghazi during a battle with the Libyan National Army (LNA). According to local sources, al-Talhi was the administrator for the pro-ISIS social media account ‘Al-Shaab Kollah Kan Fe Al-Jabha’ and has younger siblings also fighting with jihadists in Benghazi.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 10 May, Libya’s oil production passed the National Oil Corporation’s (NOC) target of 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), following the reopening of a number of oil fields in the Oil Crescent last week. However, the NOC’s efforts to increase oil production further have been held back by disputes with the Presidential Council (PC) and German oil firm Wintershall. Last week, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanallah accused Wintershall of working with prime minister Fayez al-Serraj to introduce Resolution 270, which strips the NOC of much of its powers. The NOC is in dispute with Wintershall over the terms of contract of its expired concession agreement and Sanallah blames the PC for undermining the NOC’s negotiating position.

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