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libya magnet for jihadists from tunisia and beyond

by:Newland     2019-08-28
Tunis (AFP)-
Illegal Libya has attracted militants, trained in weapons at jihadist camps, and then launched deadly attacks in other countries, such as the beach massacre in Tunisia last week. The oil-
The wealthy North African country bordering Tunisia, after 2011 uprising to overthrow dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has rival governments and parliaments and a series of armed groups fighting for power.
Michael Nayebi says the chaos in Libya has a serious impact on security in the region
Oskoui is a senior Middle East analyst at Stratfor, a global intelligence and consulting firm based in Texas, USA.
He said Libya has seen \"a small but stable return of fighters\" in the Syrian conflict \".
Tunisia says 3,000 of its citizens fought alongside jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya, with 500 fighting.
Veterans are back where they pose a security threat.
On June 26, a student armed with assault rifles cut down 38 tourists at the famous el kantaouui Port beach resort in Tunisia, the second in Tunisia\'s three-month campaign against holidaymakers
Authorities confirmed the gunman 23-year-
Tunisian veteran Seifeddine Rezgui says he has been trained in jihadist weapons in Libya.
He is said to have attacked the Tunisian national Bado Museum in Libya along with two gunmen, killing 21 tourists and a police officer.
It was confirmed that he had traveled to Libya illegally.
He was trained in Sabata, \"said Tunisian Security Minister Rafik Cheli.
He said that the Bardo attacker left Tunisia at the same time and was in Ansar al-Sharia, an Al-Qaeda-
Washington and the United Nations are linked to terrorist groups. -
Tunisian authorities say Rezgui was trained in weapons before killing people on the beach, 60 kilometers away (35 miles)
West of Tripoli.
Coastal towns are also only 100 from Ras Jdir, the main transit point between Libya and Tunisia.
\"Sabratha is located on the edge of an area across Libya --
The Tunisian border known as \"jefara.
Philip Stack, global risk analyst Verisk Maplecroft, said: \"The region is characterized by a network of former nomadic tribes who make a living through trafficking and smuggling . \".
\"Sabratha is described as \'bootcamp, \'which does not necessarily mean that it is military in nature.
Its main focus is likely to focus on radicalization, \"said Stack, an expert on MENA affairs.
Sabratha is under the jurisdiction of the powerful Fajr Libyan militia coalition, which occupied Tripoli last year and formed a government and parliament against the international community.
Recognized management
Security officials in Tripoli say hundreds of foreign fighters, including Tunisians returning from Syria and Iraq, have entered Libya in recent months, using the collapse of the security situation. -
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The Islamic State group is one of the jihadist groups that have gained a foothold in Libya, claiming that both the Tunisian beach massacre and the Bardo massacre are taking place.
The group now controls the coastal city of Sirte. Sirte is the home of Gaddafi, about 500 kilometers from Sabata.
\"After this kind of fertile soil of the city, the pro who played an Alliance
A local Sirte official, who declined to be named, told AFP: \"Gaddafi armed groups . \".
\"This will be a new hotbed of Fallujah and training extremists from different countries,\" he said . \" He is referring to the Iraqi city, which has become an unchallenged jihad.
On Friday, the New York Times reported that senior leader of the jihadist group in Tunisia, Ben Hassin, was the late Al-
Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a Libyan air strikeJune.
Ben Hassine, also known as Abu Yad, is believed to have coordinated a series of assassinations, including the killing of the famous Afghan-
2011 Taliban fighter Ahmed Shah Massoud
Similarly, he was linked to 2012 attacks on the US embassy in Tunisia and the killing of two prominent Tunisian politicians in the second year.
Slaheddin Jourchi, an analyst at Tunisia, said the chaos in Libya posed a \"real danger\" to Tunisia\'s \"strategic security \".
\"Despite the security measures taken by Tunisia, there are networks that can cross the border and bring young people into the camp in Libya, saying:\" Train the types of weapons they use in the attack, then bring them back to Tunisia at the right time. \".
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