n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - Egypt and Libya find common security ground : North Africa - chronicles of development

Volume 2014, Issue 01
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Al-Qaeda was active and dangerous in North Africa during the closing months of 2013. An Egypt-based al-Qaeda affiliate group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, attacked the Egyptian military in the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish on 20 November 2013, killing 11 Egyptian troops. Only five days later, a Libya-based al-Qaeda faction, Ansar al-Sharia, struck against Libyan Special Forces in Benghazi, resulting in eight deaths. Al-Qaeda's emboldened presence throughout the Maghreb region of Africa contributes to a host of security dilemmas for all the local governments. Egypt and Libya, both on the potential brink of civil war, appear to have determined that a cooperative relationship is in both states' strategic interest in light of this mutual threat.

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