On 18 August, the Internal Security Agency in Ajdabiya arrested suspected terrorist Issa al-Shaghri (aka Issa Kaba) upon his return to the city to allegedly plan terror operations.

Born in 1977, Kaba is an Ajdabiya resident, preacher, and employee of the Zueitina oil company. He was allegedly an ideologue of al-Qaeda for several years but pledged his allegiance to ISIS in 2014 and became one of the group’s key recruiters in Sirte. He was attempting to store arms and ammunition in a mosque in Ajdabiya but was prevented by the mosques’ leaders.

Kaba escaped from Ajdabiya in February 2016 when security forces were clearing the city of terrorist affiliates. However, he secretly returned in 2019, allegedly to carry out terrorist operations. Kaba is allegedly a prominent leader in Libya’s ISIS branch, and is said to have been activity recruiting youths to join the group.