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Warnings of a ‘Powder Keg’ in Libya as ISIS Regroups | The New York Times

Warnings of a ‘Powder Keg’ in Libya as ISIS Regroups | The New York Times

After B-2 bombers struck an Islamic State training camp in Libya in January, killing more than 80 militants, American officials privately gloated. On the heels of losing its coastal stronghold in Surt the month before, the Islamic State seemed to be reeling.

But Western and African counterterrorism officials now say that while the twin blows dealt a setback to the terrorist group in Libya — once feared as the Islamic State’s most lethal branch outside Iraq and Syria — its leaders are already regrouping, exploiting the chaos and political vacuum gripping the country.

Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, head of the Pentagon’s Africa Command, told a Senate panel this month that after their expulsion from Surt…

Source: Warnings of a ‘Powder Keg’ in Libya as ISIS Regroups – The New York Times