The Islamic State in Libya has actively sought fresh recruits traveling north from West African nations, including Senegal and Chad. The threat is pushing south from the Sahel into areas previously untouched by extremist violence, including the Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo and Ghana, where the Pentagon has a logistics hub. The military has carried out drone strikes against Qaeda and Islamic State militants in Libya, but none since September 2019. Some security analysts question why the United States needs both military and C.I.A. A recent report by the International Crisis Group concluded that the military-first strategy of France and its allies, including the United States, has failed.
Source: International New York Times March 08, 2021 18:45 UTC