The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TUNIS – Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, warned that terrorist group ISIS could reemerge in Libya, calling for the United States to do more to help Libya overcome its political divisions.
Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg in Tunisia, Bashagha said the United States should now throw its weight behind a push to end Libya’s political divisions.
“The danger is grave, because we’re not capable of fighting them in an ideal way so long as the divisions remain,” He said.
While the battle of Sirte in 2016 damaged ISIS infrastructure there, “the truth is many Daesh members sneaked into the desert before the battle for Sirte was over,” he said, using the group’s Arabic acronym. “Members from Iraq and Syria have joined them and they began to move around in the desert and organize themselves.”
“It will be expensive for us as Libyans and expensive for the United States, which by its own laws is obliged to fight al-Qaeda and Daesh,” he said. “The United States must pay more attention to the Libyan political file to make sure there is a political deal.”