Analysis: Belmokhtar’s Death a Boost for Islamic State in Libya

Belmokhtar, cc thierry ehrmann flickr


The Tubruq-based Libyan government has claimed that Mokhtar Belmokhtar has been killed by a US airstrike in eastern Libya. Belmokhtar is a notorious, Al-Qaeda-aligned terrorist who has operated in the Saharan region for decades. He rose to international prominence in 2013 after attacking the In Amenas gas field in Algeria, resulting in the deaths of 37 foreign workers.

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