ISIS IN ACTION
On 20 September, the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) 128th Battalion and the Tariq Ibn Ziyad Brigade uncovered an ISIS camp in a cave near Harawah village, east of Sirte. During the operation security forces cleared multiple vehicle borne improvised explosive devices.
The operation was conducted following information provided by Masoud Belhassen al-Nawfali (aka Jema’a Masoud Al-Hassan Al-Qarqa’i), who was captured by the 128 Brigade on October 14. Al-Nawfali is thought to be the leader of ISIS in the Nawfaliyah area and believed to have been involved in attacks on LNA positions in Nawfaliyah, Aqila, Qana, Awjlah, and the 60th and 90th checkpoints.
On 16 October, local security forces undertook a raid in Bani Walid, arresting three suspected ISIS fighters.
On 16 October, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte declared that his country was ready to facilitate the Libyan reconciliation process at the “Sicily” International conference in November. In his address to the Italian Senate Conte stated “Italy does not have the solution to all the problems in Libya, but is ready to stimulate the process of stabilization for the benefit of the Libyan people.”
On 18 October, at the EU Summit in Brussels the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, was skeptical of Europe’s involvement in Libya, urging EU member states to take a unified strategic stance on Libya at the “Sicily” conference. Tajani added that it was not helpful for different European countries intervening in Libya to have separate visions – a nod to the competing approaches being undertaken by France and Italy in resolving the Libya Crisis.
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