Islamic State announces establishment in Libya

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ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – The Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) declared the establishment of a new branch in Libya, revealing the expansion of its operations in the country, media sources reported on Wednesday.

The IS hardline group published photographs of what it described “operations carried out by jihadists of the Islamic State against the Libyan army in Laithi area” in Benghazi.  

The IS group announced in a statement posted online that its “Sniping Squad” was able to kill 12 members loyal to the Libyan Army in the Laithi district, pointing out that it possesses advanced missiles and weapons in Libya.

“The Sniping Squad also killed 29 supporters of the Libyan army earlier this week,” the statement added.

In the meantime, the group published images online showing that it currently possesses “C5 missiles”.

The radical group had claimed responsibility earlier for the killing of 15 Libyan soldiers in the southern part of the country last Friday, which prompted the Libyan government to declare a state of security alert, calling on the international community to lift the ban on arms imports, in order to be able to fight what it called the “terrorists” (in reference to the IS group).

Speaking to ARA News, human rights activist Abdul Majid Salqini pointed out to the possibility of the extremist group’s expansion to reach more countries in the region and probably beyond “as the radical group still receives fighters and weapons from all over the world”.

“Recently, the IS activity in Libya escalated, coinciding with the recent attack at the Saudi border, which shows the IS capability to spread its terrorist activities in the region as a plague,” Salqini added.

The Islamic State group continues to recruit fighters of all nationalities, battling in many countries of the region, notably in Syria and Iraq.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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