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ISIS in Libya: New attacks warn of old concerns

The Italian magazine “Formica” highlighted the re-emergence of the “ISIS” in Libya, by launching attacks to take revenge and exploit spaces within a delicate and chaotic context, noting that the danger is the issue of Fezzan security, which extends to the regional context.

The magazine said that the organization announced, for the second time in 10 days, its responsibility for an attack in southern Libya, where a captain was killed last Monday in his car after detonating an explosive device. Suicide attack in Sabha on June 6.

The magazine stated that the Sabha attack caused a sensation, as it was condemned by the National Unity Government led by Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba and international institutions such as the United Nations.

The Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Jan Kubis, stressed that this incident is a “strong reminder that the high rate of movements of armed groups and terrorists, only increases the risks of instability and security in Libya and the region.”

Kubis added: “We reiterate our calls for the urgent need to start the process of unifying the military and security institutions in Libya, in order to enhance border security and address the threat of terrorism and criminal activities.”

Formica magazine touched on the official defeat of the extremist organization in Libya in 2016, when the “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous” forces, with US Western support, defeated ISIS in the city of Sirte.

The magazine considered that Sirte was a very important hotspot for the ISIS caliphate, adding that it is known that various cells have spread mainly in the south of the country.

Why now?

The magazine also referred to numerous attacks in Sabha in the past 18 months, especially the attempt by the extremist organization to exploit the security chaos to re-emerge.

It suggested that ISIS launched its latest attacks to avenge the emir of ISIS in Libya, Abu Muadh al-Iraqi, who was killed in Sabha last September, noting that the organization is not new in searching for spaces in delicate stages, and Libya is currently going through one.

The magazine pointed out that the government of national unity is striving to achieve real stability, while the Libyans feel instability, despite the fact that the ceasefire allowed improving living conditions compared to the war period.

It warned that the attacks are a reminder that the presence of the creeping organization is still strong, and that it is able to raise anxiety and disrupt the ongoing process, explaining that the danger lies in joining the activities of the organizations with the activities of rebel groups such as the Chadian Rebel Front for Change and Accord, which operates in Chad but resorts to to southern Libya, and that ISIS factions in Niger and other areas of the Sahel and Central Africa find links between them.

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