Libya: Islamic State

Home Office written question – answered on 20th September 2018.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Labour, Leicester East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps the Government has taken to counter Daesh in Libya.

Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Libya is a member of the Global Coalition against Daesh and, in coordination with our international partners, the UK has been working closely with the Libyan Government to tackle violent extremism in Libya and re-build those areas previously under Daesh control.

Daesh is losing in Libya. In December 2016, forces aligned to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), with US Air Support, expelled Daesh from their main area of control – the city of Sirte. However, the group still remains a threat to Libya and was able to carry out a suicide attack on the Higher National Elections Commission in May 2018.

Daesh and other extremist groups will not be defeated completely until there is a strong national Government in Libya. The UK is supporting UN-led efforts to restore effective governance in Libya, which is key to the long term stability of Libya and the region. Last year the Government spent over £10m on stabilisation in Libya, including support to civil society organisations and local municipalities, and countering illegal migration and radicalisation. By supporting stability we are helping combat the drivers of violent extremism and terrorism in Libya.

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