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Tunisia heightens security over suspicion IS leader hides in Libya

Tunisia heightened security on its southern borders with Libya due to threats of the Islamic State (IS), according to French newspaper JeuneAfrique.

The Wednesday report said Tunisia has strengthened the security of its southern border after international suspicion that IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is in Libya.

In mid-May, British military officials announced Baghdadi is believed to be hiding in Libya since February after fleeing Syria’s Baghouz.

Further, Baghdadi earlier demanded his elements to carry out operations in Libya and other countries after being defeated in Syria and Iraq.

This comes amid tensions in the western region between Faiez al-Sarraj, head of western Government of the National Accord (GNA) and Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern Libyan National Army (LNA), which have led to severe lack of security in Libya.

In early May, Sarraj held Haftar responsible for the “return of terrorism” to Tripoli.

During a Saturday interview with Sputnik news, Saraj said the LNA attacks the GNA’s forces that fought terrorism in the western region.

“Today, Haftar is fighting the forces which have combatted terrorism (for considering them armed groups). How were they fighting terrorism while they are considered today as terrorists? This is a strange contradiction,” Sarraj said.

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