Competing Groups Too Preoccupied To Oppose ISIS In Libya
In an article for War is Boring Arnaud Delalande discusses how ISIS, in the wake losing Sirte late in 2016, has reorganised and launched attacks on the Libyan National Army (LNA) and Government of National Accord (GNA) associated militias. Delalande suggests the LNA and GNA are more focused on fighting each other rather than confronting Libya’s jihadist threats. He argues:
Current dynamics play into the hands of extremist groups, including ISIS and Al Qaeda. With the LNA and GNA busy fighting each other, the Saraya Defend Benghazi, also known as the Benghazi Defense Brigade — an Islamist militia group with ties to Al Qaeda — has teamed up with the Petroleum Facilities Guard group and moved into Libya’s oil crescent.
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