It has been said that these forces are there to monitor, but to monitor what? No one knows. The [UN] forces are deployed on the Libyan coast, but arms and foreign fighters are flowing into Libya. There is complicity with these groups. They already know these groups’ plans and are well aware that they are getting ready to take over ports and oil fields.
This is what is happening now, especially in the oil crescent region. The extremist groups are surrounding the region and have already entered to a number of key fields such as the Mabruk field. The plan is well known. The last terrorist that was killed by the international coalition in Syria was found with personal and electronic papers, showing that the organization [IS] had plans to benefit from Libya’s capabilities.
Thus, no one is lifting a finger to change things, although they know what is going on. It is all for political reasons.
El-Khabar: What does it mean that IS is now threatening neighboring countries?
Ghoga: Undoubtedly, this is what is happening, as IS considers the region to be territories in the Islamic caliphate. It is only normal for the group to expand toward the North Africa. Look at what is happening in Nigeria and Mali. Eventually, everyone is pledging allegiance to IS.
Fighting the group in Libya, would limit its spread in Tunisia and Algeria.
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