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Islamic State's Staging a Comeback in Libya as Divisions Linger

  • Extremists have presence in large area near key oil districts
  • Standoff between rival administrations behind insecurity

Less than a year after being driven out of its Libyan stronghold, Islamic State is re-emerging in the North African oil producer.

The group is “dangerously active” on the western fringes of the main oil producing region, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers, according to Ibrahim Mlitan, who’s in charge of security in nearby Sirte. Militants have been seen roaming the coastal highway in armored vehicles, setting up checkpoints and searching for opponents. Their vows to reestablish Islamic State rule have caused panic among locals, he said.