Libya: The Next Frontline against Islamic State

 

Positive signs in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have recently been tempered by signs that the militant group is making serious inroads in Libya – a theater that will pose a much greater challenge to Western policymakers.

Up until now, Islamic State’s presence in Libya has been small given the chaos reigning in the country. The group took most of Derna, a city along the Mediterranean coast in eastern Libya, back in 2014 after pushing back rival militias loyal to al-Qaeda. Sirte was next to fall after a two-month battle in mid-2015. Since then, ISIS has been pushed out of Derna and has expanded its territory to the east and west of Sirte.

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