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Islamic State is building a ‘retreat zone’ in Libya with 3000 fighters, say UN experts

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant has as many as 3000 fighters in Libya and sees the country as a retreat zone and strategic hub for recruits unable to reach its Syrian heartland, according to a new United Nations report.

It said the group’s rapid growth was fuelled by its notoriety in Iraq and Syria, as well as weak security structures in Libya, and risked bringing more sophisticated bombmaking techniques to Africa.

  • Barrington Minge

    Another “zone” to be flattened … problem.

    • tom_billesley

      The habitable bits of Libya are within range of naval artillery. It’s cheaper than missiles and bombs. Gunboat diplomacy is due for a comeback.

  • Many of the ISIS fighters appear to have had Western military training. Look at the way they hold their rifles. The fact is many of them defected to the bad guys when Obama withdrew from Iraq. It concerns me that Justin Trudeau wants to stop Canadian bombing and concentrate on training, when the latter has proven to be a failed policy because it doesn’t stop trainees from defecting to the other side. We are effectively training them in our methods to be used against us. It doesn’t get to the root of the problem which is Islamist ideology. And at least bombing keeps them on the run.

  • Ron MacDonald

    It’s a lot easier for the West to invade Libya than Syria and Iraq.

  • Alain

    UN experts is an oxymoron.