Issue Brief on “Libyan Civil War: A Growing Inferno”


More than six years after Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown, chaos still reigns in Libya. Fighting erupted between rival militias in Tripoli in the last week of May 2017, wrecking a period of somewhat calm that had lasted since March 2017. Sideways, Egyptian air force planes continue to strike camps near Derna, in East Libya. The air strikes are a rejoinder to a deadly attack against Christians in Egypt that took place on May 28. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi claims that the area hosts ‘terrorist camps’.[1]

Indeed, the turmoil in Libya has allowed the Islamic State (IS) to gain a foothold in the country. IS has taken control of the area in and around the city of Sirte, the birthplace of Gaddafi. It is feared that this could provide a safe haven for jihadists to train, fund and plan attacks in North Africa and across the Mediterranean.

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