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Libya’s HoR Announces Cutting (Non-Existent) Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

ISIS IN ACTION
On 5 June, the anti-crime unit of Misrata’s security forces released a recording that claims to show the ‘confessions’ of ISIS fighter Ahmed al-Mshiti. Known as Aseeda, he was one of the leading ISIS figures in the Sabri area of Benghazi, and was captured on his return to Misrata after receiving medical treatment in Turkey.

In the film, Aseeda said he had pledged allegiance to Mohammed al-Barasi, ISIS emir in Benghazi at the time, and stated that both ISIS fighters and Benghazi Revolutionary Shura Council (BRSC) fighters were fighting the same fight, albeit from different angles. Aseeda described storming and robbing banks in Sabri and al-Blad areas of Benghazi, naming Ramadan al-Rabeei, Ahmed al-Sharaa and Yousef Ben Gharbia as the ISIS operatives working alongside BRSC point men Weam al-Hashani, Waleed al-Dabaa and Luqa al-Sallabi to pull off the heist. Approximately 9 million Libyan dinars (LYD) were stolen. The money was distributed between ISIS and the BRSC. Aseeda said he received his share of 50,000 LYD. The BRSC’s stolen cash was allegedly transported to Ganfuda.

Aseeda also ‘confessed’ to storming a building known as Imarat al-Halal in Omar Ibn al-As road in central Benghazi and beheading one LNA soldier. Lastly, he ‘admitted’ that ISIS fighter Ahmed Ben Naser (aka Ahmed al-Khadrawan), with the cooperation of the BRSC and attendance of BRSC leader, Wisam Bin Hamid, killed a senior Benghazi citizen who was infamously shown by ISIS chopped to pieces.

WESTERN RESPONSE
On 5 June, the House of Representatives (HoR) announced it was cutting (non-existent) diplomatic ties with Qatar, in line with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, in light of its support for ‘terrorist’ groups. It said Qatar had contributed to the destabilization of Libya by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and others with ties to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The decision reflects the eastern faction’s close political and military alliance with Egypt and the UAE. The Government of National Accord (GNA) has not cut its ties with Qatar.

On 5 June, the foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria met in Algiers to discuss possible solutions to the Libyan political crisis. Established in February 2017, this interregional cooperation has been praised by UN Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

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