Islamic State in Libya (ISL, ISISL)

Evolution of ISL in 2017  Area between Bin Walid, Brak al-Shati and SebhaEven before the fall of ISL's main operations base in Sirte, Libya in late 2016, TRAC had been following ISL fortifying positions to the south into the Fezzan region.  By February 2017, satellite images confirmed that they were regrouping to the south of the coastal strip between Misrata and Tripoli, arcing to the southeast around the town of Bani Walid and into the desert south of Sirte.  ISL survives by bribing locals for shelter and hiding in the Great Manmade River.  Besides operating between Sirte and Misrata, by late 2017, the areas surrounding the southern town of Ubari also showed high ISL presence.  At least 700 ISL fighters remain, operating in three main groups:First group of 60-80 cadre is operating around Girza, 170 km (105 miles) west of Sirte,Second group is slightly larger, of at least 100 cadre based around Zalla and Mabrouk oil field,…

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