Jihadist Groups in Eastern Libya and their Potential Danger for Egypt
Some hardline Islamist groups took part in the fight against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. But their numbers and capabilities were limited compared to the rest of militant rebel groups. As the interim National Council and later the General National Congress have failed to build effective structures of power, several groups have taken advantage of the power vacuum left by the revolution to expand and build military and civilian powers to work in various areas of the country. Jihadist groups are stationed and active in Darnah, Benghazi and areas on the borders with Algeria and Tunisia. Therefore, the Egyptian regime faces a number of dangers, notably: 1. Provision of a fertile soil for Jihadist groups in Eastern Libya and repercussions of this danger by establishing an extremist country on the Egyptian borders; 2. An overlap of external and domestic threats; threats are no longer domestic only, but have become cross-borders threats as well and cannot be dealt with at the domestic level; 3. External interference; if Jihadist groups get a foothold in Libya this means paving the way for a wide foreign intervention in a nearby region.
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