South Korea Deploys Warship to Libya Coast in Show of Force

South Korea Deploys Warship to Libya Coast in Show of Force

ISIS IN ACTION

ISIS-affiliated social media accounts have released a list of over 200 hundred names of Misratan fighters from al-Bunyan al-Marsous (BAM) as targets for assassination. The week before the BAM spokesperson, Mohammed Al-Ghusri, stated in a TV interview that the recent spate of ISIS attacks was a result of ISIS members escaping from Derna.

On 29 July, ISIS fighters were reported to have set up a checkpoint 14 km south of Uqaylah in the al-Wahat Province. This follows reports on 28 July, that several vehicles belonging to ISIS fighters were observed south of Uqaylah moving to the 103 line towards the Kufra and Jalu region.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 2 August, South Korea redirected the naval ship “Munmu the Great” from anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to Libya in order to protect South Korean commercial vessels. This action is thought to be a “show of force” in response to a video released on 31 July showing footage of a Korean technician and three Filipinos under duress after being kidnapped at the Man-Made River al-Hassouna plant near Ash Shwayrif on 6 July. The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has also said that he may also follow South Korea’s lead and send a naval ship to the Libyan coast, though a recent report suggests they may send officials instead. The armed group responsible and the location of the captives remain unknown.

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.