Libya: ISIS sets up first checkpoints in central Derna

A “victory” parade held by ISIS last October in Derna. From Dabiq.

For the first time, the Islamic State (ISIS) has set up fortified checkpoints in the center of the eastern Libyan city of Derna, a stronghold of the group and in which clashes have broken out with local Al-Qaeda affiliates.

An Arab media outlet on Wednesday reported – citing an anonymous source – that mass civil disobedience is underway in the city, that shopkeepers have shuttered their shops and that a “precarious calm” reigns in the city.

Derna was taken over by jihadists and declared a “caliphate” in October, and has since then been considered to be under ISIS control…

News of the start of the fighting was reported yesterday: Al-Qaida-linked militants attack IS affiliate in Libya

In other Libya news: Islamic State says blows up two warplanes at seized Libyan base in Sirte


  • Norman_In_New_York

    So why isn’t Derna on the map?