On 29 February a Sudanese doctor was arrested in Libya’s South on suspicion of being affiliated with ISIS and planning to undertake a terrorist attack. He is currently being processed by security forces, who suspect he has knowledge of other ISIS cells in the South.

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Last week, prosecutor Penny told a British Court that the brother of Salman Abedi, Hashem Abedi, is equally guilty of murdering the 22 victims of the Manchester arena attack in May 2017.

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On 26-27 January, an unidentified drone flew over Sebha through to Murzuq suspected to be pursuing ISIS-Libya members. On 27 January, the LNA’s 173 Infantry Brigade claimed ISIS fighters had fired on the LNA’s Joint Security Room of Wadi Otbah. On 30 January, the head of the media office of the LNA General Administration of the Criminal Investigation of the Army, claimed to have arrested an alleged former ISIS media official.

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On 6 January, suspected ISIS “sleeper cells” were observed in southern Libya. On 8 January, the Ajilat Criminal Investigations Department undertook a raid targeting alleged anti-LNA fighters accused of interfering with the arrest of an ISIS fighter. On 9 January, an airstrike by an unidentified entity targeted ISIS fighters in southern Libya.

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On 22 December, reports suggest an ISIS convoy was observed moving from Ghadduwa in the direction of Murzuq. On 31 December, the LNA military information division claimed a fighter attempted to undertake a failed suicide attack targeting the Tariq bin Ziyad Battalion stationed in Abu Salim.

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On 30 December, spokesperson of Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), Ahmed Al-Mismari, alleged that hundreds of “terrorists of various nationalities” affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda had been transferred from Syria to Libya during the past days via Turkey.

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On 3 December, the family of engineer Iman Daw al-Qamati confirmed that she had been acquitted of allegations of being affiliated with ISIS. On 5 December, a man’s body was discovered in al-Fuqaha, with reports claiming the man had been kidnapped by ISIS in April.

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On 29 November, the GNA’s MoI announced that it had arrested Emad Faraj Mansour al-Shuqabi on charges relating to terrorism and being the coordinator between ISIS and Ansar al-Sharia. On 20 November, the Benghazi’s Criminal Investigation General Directorate captured a suspected ISIS fighter from Benghazi. On 20 November, security forces arrested a suspected Chadian ISIS fighter in Taraghin in southern Libya.

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On 24 November, the “Washington Post” claimed eight suspected ISIS members were arrested within the proximity of Sirte. A Western official is quoted anonymously saying that there was concern ISIS and al-Qaeda might regroup.

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On 14 November, ISIS-Libya released four photos revealing the group’s members making a pledge of allegiance to new ISIS leader. On 15 November, the GNA Minister of Foreign Affairs at a meeting of the global coalition against ISIS stated ”IS threats in Libya are still imminent”.

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