Libyan army: Qatar transports armed ISIS militants from Syria to Libya

Spokesman of Libyan National Army (LNA) colonel Ahmed Al Masmary gestures during a news conference in Benghazi, Libya, March 3, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)

Libyan armed forces spokesman, Col. Ahmad al-Mesmari, said on Sunday evening that ISIS and branches of the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated to al-Qaeda have joined forces to spread extremism in Libya.

“Qatar is transporting armed ISIS militants from Syria to Libya. Also, Qatar’s financial support for terrorist organizations in Libya persists,” added Mesmari.

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Speaking on the ongoing political discussion in Tunisia, Mesmari said: “We are seeking safety in Libya and we look forward to a clear political dsicussion in the current round of talks in Tunisia.”

Mesmari demanded that the United Nations does not interfere with the Libyan military or its leadership.

The colonel also revealed information on an organized meeting between the head of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Belqasim Haftar, and UN Special Envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame.

He also said that many young men left the Houthi militia and joined the Libyan National Army after ISIS and al-Qaeda were exterminated in Benghazi.

“The Libyan National Army will have a turn at the Libyan talks, because the current circumstances are unbearable,” said Mesmari. He also stressed that lifting the ban off exporting weapons to the Libyan arm supports the country’s security.
 

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