ISIS-affiliated fighters take over Libyan city of Sirte

Islamic State propaganda photos showing military parade in Nawfaliyah, Libya. From Long War Journal

From the Financial Times:

Fighters affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the militant group known as Isis, have taken over most of the central Libyan city of Sirte, the second urban centre they have seized in the civil war that has raged since the 2011 toppling of Colonel Muammer Gaddafi.

The jihadis claim they have taken control of municipal institutions in the coastal city that was Gaddafi’s home town and they have started to broadcast sermons by Isis’s notorious leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on local radio stations.

A member of the city’s municipal council was quoted by local media as saying jihadis had seized control of 70 per cent of the city of some 60,000 people.

Libya Dawn said on Sunday it had dispatched a force to secure Sirte, but refused to acknowledge that jihadis had seized the city…

See also here. (Facebook page for a Libyan news outlet)

The author of the above piece released this via Twitter:

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