This might come as a surprise to the broader American public and a mainstream media which has largely ignored recent escalating events in Libya, but guess who’s back?

“The Donald Trump administration is seeing a “small” resurgence in the Islamic State’s numbers in Libya since strongman Khalifa Hifter began a bloody march on the capital Tripoli more than two months ago, the Pentagon’s second-ranking military official said” reports Al-Monitor’s Pentagon correspondent.

Fighters of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) fire a rocket at Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya, on August 4, 2016. Source: Reuters.

The Pentagon official, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva, described the currently stalemated fight for Tripoli between Benghazi-based Gen. Khalifa Haftar and the UN-recognized and Turkey-backed GNA in the capital as giving breathing space for the Islamic State’s return to the country.

Russia and Turkey push for ceasefire in Libya

Within the past three years, amid the chaos in the wake of the US-NATO 2011 war which toppled Gaddafi, ISIS actually had a stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte before being booted by US-backed Libyan forces.

But now, as General Paul Selva explains: “Because they’re now going after one another in the capital, it’s actually taking their attention off of IS and we’ve seen a small resurgence of those [IS] camps in the central region.” Alarmingly, per Al-Monitor’s report, this gives an opening for ISIS to become a “third party” in the war:

US troops helping to fight IS in Libya left the country in April as security conditions deteriorated. Selva said he worried about IS becoming a “third party in the fight in Libya.”

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These dire statements also follow on the heels of US ally King Abdullah of Jordan warning while attending a NATO conference in Belgium that ISIS is indeed on the rise in Libya and now sits closer than ever to Europe’s shores. He specifically identified Turkey’s efforts to transfer Syrian ‘rebel’ militants from FSA factions to Libya as potentially fueling the crisis.

 

Source: Zero Hedge

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Daeshbags-Sux
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Thanks to Erdogan who made Turkey a liability for the whole MENA, especially all its neighbours, for the EU, for NATO and even for Turkish people.

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Nestor Arapa

Al-qaeda también está presente. el llamado primavera Árabe que sembraron al final están cosechando resurgimiento de terroristas en la región.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

USA confirm its formation and activation of ISIS terrorists in Lybia. Not surprise at all my friends.

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Al Monitor is a media project financed by the West. So be careful this its content.

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The American Foreign Legion, the ISIS is back in action. I hope Russia and Turkey will eliminate them.

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jmNZ

This headline should read: “America resupplies ISIS at Al-Tanf/Al-Zuqf to take over East Syria from the Kurds”.

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Bill Purkayastha

Of course Amerikastani tool and excuse for invasion and occupation ISIS is “resurgent”. As the jihadistan in Idlib is eliminated by the Syrian army, and as the Iraqis continue to rise in enormous numbers to kick out Amerikastani occupiers, you’re bound to see ISIS “resurgent” in Syria and Iraq too.