Russia Holds Separate Meetings with Rival Libyan Senior Officials

ISIS IN ACTION

On 2 May, Islamic State (ISIS) fighters attacked the High National Election Commission Office (HNEC) building in the Ghout al-Shaal area of Tripoli at 10:10 local time. Following a brief shootout with security guards, two assailants detonated explosive vests. As many as 16 people were killed and more than 19 were injured. Soon after the incident ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the attackers as Abu Ayoub and Abu Tawfik.

On 5 May, ISIS’s al-Naba’a online publication claimed that fighters from the group undertook two attacks on the Libyan National Army in the Wahat province, in late April.

On 8 May, ISIS undertook an SVBIED attack on an LNA controlled checkpoint near Bin Jawwad, 70 km from Ras Lanuf, killing two and injuring four.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 4 May, Russia’s Minister of Defense (MoD), Sergey Shoigu, held a video-conference talk with Libyan National Army (LNA) head Khalifa Haftar. They allegedly discussed settling the current political impasse, regional security, and combatting terrorism according to the Russian MoD Media Office. The day before, on 3 May, Government of National Accord (GNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Siala, held talks with Russian Minister Foreign Affairs Deputy Mikhail Bogdanov and Russia’s Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev in Moscow. The discussions involved bilateral cooperation and combating terrorism.

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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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.