Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mohamed Eljarh writes for Foreign Policy on why, despite the fact that over the past two weeks ISIS forces in Libya have suffered a shattering defeat, the outside world has barely paid attention:
The international community is rightly worried about the spread of ISIS and its ideology. The fact that ISIS forces have even managed to take hold in Libya, so far afield from the group’s original strongholds in Syria and Iraq, has been a source of considerable anxiety.
Yet over the past two weeks ISIS forces in Libya have suffered a shattering defeat — and the outside world has barely paid attention. The lack of coverage undoubtedly reflects the lack of reliable news media on the ground. But it could also have something to do with the fact that the news isn’t entirely good. As it turns out, an ISIS defeat doesn’t necessarily mean that the good guys are winning.