28 June 2017

The Origins and Evolution of ISIS in Libya

This report examines the pre-history, birth, expansion, consolidation and dispersal of ISIS in Libya. It concludes that 1) the group’s brutality in the country was a huge mistake on its part; 2) the Libyan State’s collapse did indeed lead to ISIS’ rise; and 3) the group subsequently thrived in marginalized communities or areas where the central government had never devolved power. Given this rough-and-tumble context, the report closes by recommending six ways anti-ISIS stakeholders should continue their fight against the murderous group.


Jason Pack, Rhiannon Smith, Karim Mezran 



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