Warning that fighting in Libya is opening the door for ISIS to rise again

epa06991884 The Italian embassy building is seen from the rooftop of Al-Waddan Hotel after a rocket fired by unknown militants fell over the hotel in Tripoli, Libya, 01 September 2018 (issued 02 September 2018). According to reports, rockets hit several parts of Tripoli on 01 September including the Al-Waddan Hotel, which is only 100 meters away from the Italian embassy, and Ben Ashour area near prime minister?s office as fighting renewed between rival factions in the capital. At least 39 people, including civilians, were killed in the fresh clashes that erupted over the past few days. EPA-EFE/STR

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The current Libyan civil war is benefiting the terrorist group Daesh, as ISIS is know amongst Muslims, according to one expert on the region in comments quoted by the Turkish Anadolu Agency.

The sides in the civil war “which were fighting Daesh are now fighting each other,” said Tarek Megerisi, a policy fellow with the North Africa and Middle East program at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

This gives Daesh “the opportunity to entrench itself and to return to its previous form,” he warned, speaking at a NATO meeting in the Turkish Mediterranean.

It could again become “a very real threat, a potential chaos that we saw back in 2014 which Daesh gain a foothold in the country, caused the migration crisis, which I think Europe still suffers from,” he added.

“It only took three days from the start of the war for Daesh to launch their first attack, invade small towns of Libya, and I think they had two more attacks in the state.”

Megerisi was speaking Saturday at the Rose-Roth – Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) parliamentary seminar, hosted by Turkey’s parliament.

Lawmakers, officials, military leaders, and foreign mission chiefs from NATO member states are among the participants at the meeting, set to end Sunday.

Via Anadolu Agency


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