Study warns that ISIS remains ‘persistent threat’ in Libya
On 7 August, Azeem Ibrahim of the United States War College published a study warning that without an end to Libya’s conflict, ISIS may once again rise up. In the study, Ibrahim asserts that ISIS has retained its capacity to launch ‘small-scale’ attacks in Libya, and that since its removal from Sirte in 2016, most of its activity had moved to Fezzan in Libya’s southern desert. Ibrahim claims that ISIS has been increasingly embedding itself in illegal smuggling networks, and that the longer Libya’s conflict prevents a central government from being able to adequately monitor and combat ISIS, the greater the risk that ISIS could stage ‘a large-scale resurgence.’
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