The New York Times: Warnings of a ‘Powder Keg’ in Libya as ISIS Regroups

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Our Comment:

Eric Schmitt is perfectly right with his excellent article about the “powder keg” of Libya. One must be aware that Sirte was not a battle between the internationally recognized “Government of National

Accord” (GNA) and the “Islamic State” (ISIS), but between the militias of the city of Misrata and ISIS, triggered by the expansion of ISIS towards the west of Libya, which threatened vital interests in Misrata. In the current Libyan disarray, at least one thing is certain: the GNA is in no position to counter the threat of a re-emerging ISIS and other radical Islamists like Ansar al-Sharia.