U.S. fears Islamic State is making serious inroads in Libya

Islamic State victory parade at Derna, November 2014, from their online publication “Dabiq.”

(Reuters) – The United States is increasingly concerned about the growing presence and influence of the Syria-based Islamic State movement in Libya, according to U.S. officials and a State Department report.

The officials said what they called “senior” Islamic State leaders had traveled to the country, which is whacked by civil war, to help recruit and organize militants, particularly in the cities of Derna and Sirte.

Since late January, Islamic State militants have carried out attacks, including a car bombing and siege at the Corinthia, a luxury hotel in Tripoli, and an attack on the Mabruk oilfield south of Sirte, according to a report circulated this week by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Bureau.

The militants also posted on the Web images of the beheading of 21 abducted Egyptian Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach.

The State Department document said estimates of the number of Islamic State fighters operating in Libya ranged from 1000 to 3000.

Around 800 fighters were based in the Derna area alone, the report said, including up to 300 who previously fought in Syria or Iraq…

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  • eMan14

    Time for a #ISISgoaway campaign.

    • Nuke em.

      • John

        Before using that option, you’d first have to grab Pakistan’s nuke arsenal

    • Millie_Woods

      It’s too early for a ‘bloody’ hashtag campaign. The U.S. should start off diplomatically and recall it’s ambassador for consultation.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    whacked or wracked?

    • Frau Katze

      “Whacked” can’t be right. But I copied it directly without reading every word. The original says “whacked”. Typo!

  • Alain

    Rather late to be concerned about those you assisted and armed.

  • FactsWillOut

    Multiply US State Dept. numbers by 10.

    Anyway, this is our tax dollars at work.

  • Ron MacDonald

    Thank Obama and Clinton.

    • FactsWillOut

      Harper sent a few F-18’s in to help.
      GWB smashed Iraq.

    • John

      Bush too. Bush junior was just a stupid. Remember when he let the Saudi royals fly home on 911? Senators and congressmen were grounded, but not the leaders of the country that produced 14 of the 19 high-jackers.

  • Jay Currie

    Strong horse, weak horse.

    This is not hard but it takes desire and will… Not qualities found in the state department or the White House.

  • bob e

    just so happens we have a r2p situation here .. hummm.
    kinda looks something like ‘springtime’ for mohammed ..
    courtesy of barry o’fraud, samatha power, susan rice, val jar
    and a cast of thousands ..

    cain’t rememba’ who khadafi was slaughtering by the zillions
    to warrant r2p originally ..

  • John

    Muslims and Arabs are so unruly and irascible, that they can only be governed by ruthless tyrants.

    Unlike the Judeo-Christian tradition, Islam simply doesn’t provide the basic moral building blocks for a civil society. It teaches nothing but cruelty, savagery and arrogance. Geez, within a few weeks of the beginning of the Arab Spring it became obvious where things were heading