Libya: Baghdadi proclaimed chief of ‘Derna Caliphate’

An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna’s Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014. Reuters

Cairo, October 21, 2014 — Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was nominated chief of the Derna Caliphate, a town in the east of Libya which had already fallen under jihadi rule, local media reported Friday.

A handmade bomb was detonated in a square hosting celebrations for al Baghdadi’s nomination. The bomb exploded on a stand occupied by the ISIS-affiliated Islamic Youth Council.

DernaWe need to start paying attention to Libya — a town has just joined the Islamic State.

See these two posts (here and here) based on Financial Times reporting — one of the very few sites with sensible analysis: we need to support the non-Islamists in Libya.

In related news, yesterday Amnesty International yesterday accused “rival factions” of committing war crimes. It is unclear from the account what factions they are referring too. But we all know that “war crimes” is putting Islamic State’s fighting methods mildly.

On October 28, the UN special envoy for Libya said that things were “very close to the point of no return.”