In Benghazi, fighting continues unabated between Khalifa Haftar’s forces and troops of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) and IS. Fighting continued in Derna mostly between Derna Mujahideen Shura Council (DMSC) forces and IS members.

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Violence is also set to continue to rage in Derna where LNA troops are still fighting it out against militant forces belonging to the Derna Mujahideen Shura Council, while the Shura Council also fights IS.

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There was further fierce fighting in Benghazi this week as the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council continued its push to expand its area of control. The Derna Mujahideen Shura Council is an entrenched as ever, and is feeling even more sure itself having all but driven IS out of the town.

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There was fierce fighting in Ajdabia when local LNA forces which comprise fighters loyal to federalist leader, Ibrahim Jedhran, attacked the Ajdabia Revolutionaries Shura Council, but a truce has now been signed.

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Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni narrowly escaped an assassination attempt this week when gunmen fired at his convoy as it left the HoR in Tobruq. The Prime Minister had been attending a session in the House at which he was being questioned about his government’s performance. The session was interrupted after armed protestors who had been demonstrating against Al-Thinni threatened to …

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The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council is still dug in in Al-Laithi, Buatni and Qawarsha among other areas. Thus although Hafter clearly has the upper hand, this battle will continue to drag on, inflicting further damage on the city.

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There is growing evidence that militants in Benghazi are aligning themselves more definitively with ISIS. An audio file emerged on the Internet this week purporting to be a recording of the leader of Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya, who goes by the name Abu Abdullah Libbi, pledging allegiance to the group.

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