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Evolution in the fight against IS in Tripoli

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial

The Special Deterrent Forces (SDF) in Tripoli announced, Friday, the death of Murad Al-Gmaty, the commander of Al-Tawheed brigade aligned with Islamic State (IS) in Tripoli.

According to sources inside deterrent forces, Al- Gmaty is one of those responsible for the attack on the Mitiga prison, which is adopted by the IS.

The sources added that, after the issuance of an arrest warrant against Al- Gmaty, the SDF went to arrest him in Al-Furnaj area in Tripoli, where he resisted and shot element of the forces, thus he was injured then died in the hospital.

Al- Gmaty was one IS leaders, responsible for number of terrorist attacks and explosions in coordination with insiders who attacked Mitiga.

Investigations continue to arrest all involved in those terrorist attacks, according to the sources.

The SDF published on its Facebook page a video included the confessions of one of the members of the IS, Tunisian national, was arrested inside the headquarter of Al-Tawheed brigade in Al-Furnaj area, he witnessed coordination and explosions inside Tripoli and knows what is being planned to destabilize Libya.

From another side, the IS celebrated, Friday, the graduation of 80 suicidal children, were recruited and trained inside the camps of the IS, they are called “cubs of Caliphate”. All aged between 14-17.

Child recruits come from different areas and tribes inside Sirte, Nofeleia, Ajdabyia, Bany Waleed and Misrata, trained by leaders of the IS coming from Yemen, Iraq, Tunisia and Palestine.

Sources mentioned that child recruits are trained on using different types of weapons, and executing trappings, bombings and suicides. The new graduates gave, Thursday, field presentation with RBGs in Al-Dhaheer area, west of Sirte. Some inhabitants confirmed hearing sounds of shootings.

Paris witnessed, last month, terrorist attacks that adopted by the IS, which made fighting the IS and terrorism a priority on the international agendas, most important the United Nations and European Union.

However, dealing with this matter internationally, apparently, faces confusion. Statements varied, the British Prime Minister, Davide Cameron, said that campaign against the IS in Syria needs “time and patience”.

BBC quoted Cameron saying “situation is very complicated”. He confirmed that the decision to allow airstrikes against the IS in Syria is in favor of Britain.

British Defense Minister said that fighter jets executed “successful strikes against oil fields controlled by the terrorist group”. Four fighters used laser directed bombs.

British House of Commons agreed, last week, on Cameron’s suggestion about launching airstrikes against the IS in Syria. Hours later, British fighters “typhoon” and “tornado”, waged its first airstrikes against the group from bases in Cyprus.

From another side, the American Foreign Minister, John Kerry, demanded, Thursday, the deployment of Arab and Syrian ground forces to fight the IS, hoping that regime forces and opposition could converge to fight the group.

He added, during ministerial meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, that “without ground troops ready to fight the group, we can’t win this conflict with airstrikes only” so he suggested the deployment of Arab, Syrian and Western troops.

Kerry said that “if we could implement political transition, it will be possible to collect all countries and entities together: regime with opposition, United States with Russia, to fight the IS expecting quick win in this case”.

Russia from its side suggested, during the International Congress of Vienna, freeze the fighting between Assad forces and revolutionaries to counter the IS.

Accusations exchanged between Turkey and Russia after Turkey’s military drooped the Russian aircraft, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accused Russia of hitting opposition positions not the IS’s, which is in favor of the Syrian regime.

On the Libyan scene, observants see that international reactions regarding fighting terrorism inside Libya, and the expansion of the IS, are all negative that don’t raise to the real threat level, specially that the IS is positioned in Sirte, Derna and other cities. Beside that, the group threatens oil resources, which if fall under its control would be threat to the whole region not only Libya.

Also, the international community links between fighting the group of IS and resuming the Libyan dialogue which remained stuck despite the agreement of many members inside the House Of Representatives (HoR) and General National Congress (GNC), which the United Nations envoy, Martin Kobler, could benefit from. The UN envoy could move to plan B which includes all those who agree on consensus and form the Government of National Accord (GNA), then begin coordination to fight terrorism and work on the other security arrangements in Libya.