26 June – 2 July: US suggest ISIS making “small resurgence” in central Libya

Jul 2, 2019 | ISIS

On 26 June, the US Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Paul Selva, reportedly told a group of reporters in Washington that the US administration is seeing a “small resurgence of those [ISIS] camps in the central region” following the Libyan National Army’s (LNA) assault on the capital in April. Selva also alleged that certain Tuareg groups were “helping out the ISIS militants and moving people back and forth across the border to the south.” Selva suggested the LNA and the Government of National Accord (GNA) had been “keeping a lid on ISIS for their own individual interest for a fair period of time”, yet he was concerned that ISIS might become a “third party in the fight in Libya.”