ISIS did not exist in Libya yet, and this was a relatively peaceful week, nonetheless, violence continued unabated in Benghazi with more assassinations and targeted attacks presumed to be carried out by Islamist militants.

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Benghazi has been rocked by a series of assassinations, many of them carried out on Friday 17th September. These assassinations caused a particular stir because among the dead were two well-known young peace activists who were aged just 17 and 18.

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The battle in Benghazi goes on as Islamist militants try to dislodge General Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity forces from Benina Airport and surrounding areas. Although Haftar is putting up a good fight, it is clear that the Islamists have the upper hand.

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ISIS did not yet exist in Libya, but fissures between the mainstream religious establishment and Tobruq were creating an environment for radical preaching. The HoR moved a step closer in its bid to expel Libya’s ultraconservative Grand Mufti Sheikh Sadiq Al-Ghariani this week.

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Violence has continued in Benghazi where General Khalifa Haftar and those Islamist forces fighting under the umbrella of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council are locked into a seemingly intractable battle to control Benina Airport. However, the Islamists still very much have the upper hand.

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