Eye on Jihadis in Libya Weekly Update: 20 February 2018

On 18 February, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui is reported to have stated in an address at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that IS will attempt to return to Libya following its defeat in Iraq and Syria. In his speech, Jhniaoui called for the need for cooperative international counter-terrorism efforts, arguing “to win our battle against terrorism, it has to be under the name of “war of thoughts,” which will eradicate extremist thinking that attempts to attract young people to ideological distortions, in addition to fighting poverty and unemployment.”

Other Jihadi ActorsAn LNA offensive against the Derna Mujahedeen Shura Council (DMSC), which controls Derna, appears imminent. The Libyan National Army (LNA) continues to deploy large ground forces to Derna from Benghazi, Ajdabiya, and other areas to prepare for the assault.

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