In a series of dramatic political and security-related developments last week, the Islamic State (Daesh) affiliate in Libya announced that it had strengthened its hold on the city of Sirte after having gained control of the city airport. Just prior to this, the 166th Brigade, which had been in charge of protecting the city, suddenly and mysteriously withdrew from its positions. Taking place against the backdrop of severe tensions between the two main camps in the country, these developments presage immanent changes in the fraught situation in Libya, especially in Tobruk and Tripoli.
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By Kamel Abdallah