Benghazi, June 2014: The Tobruk government, based on the House of Representatives, is defended by General Khalifa Haftar, who has vowed to rid Libya of "terrorist groups" (source: dpa)

Libya’s looming threat to Egypt

Egypt, which has yet to quell Islamic terror in northern Sinai, is now facing a similar threat from Libya – a country that has not had a functioning central government since 2011, when NATO air strikes helped bring about the fall of Muammar Qaddafi.

No thought was given to how to set up a new, democratic regime to replace the dictator, who for decades had kept together the country’s motley tribes and regions. Soon, a full-blown civil war was underway. As ethnic and tribal fighting tore the country apart, Islamist groups – especially Islamic State, or Daesh – moved in and began developing terrorist bases. Libya is now perceived as a threat by its neighbors, first and foremost by Egypt,...

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Ambassador Zvi Mazel
Egypt is in a quandary. Defeating Islamic State could potentially pacify its long border, but renewed fighting would send its way another flood of refugees – with militants hidden among them
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