ISIS 'wants to use Libya as gateway to south Europe'

Telegraph reports. Egyptian ground intervention in Derna

18 February, 12:23

    ISIS 'wants to use Libya as gateway to south Europe', Telegraph reports on letter from terror recruiter ISIS 'wants to use Libya as gateway to south Europe', Telegraph reports on letter from terror recruiter

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 18 - ISIS wants to use chaos-hit Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across southern European, according to letters written by a recruiter for the extremist Islamist group, British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday. The paper said that jihadists hope to flood the North African country with militiamen from Syria and Iraq, who will then sail across the Mediterranean posing as refugees on migrant boats, according to plans seen by British anti-extremist group Quilliam. The Daily Telegraph said the letters were written by an ISIS propagandist believed to be an important online recruiter for terror in Libya.

    "It (Libya) has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat," the letter read, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    "The number of trips known as 'illegal immigration' from this coast, which are huge in number ... if this was even partially exploited and developed strategically, pandemonium could be wrought in the southern European states and it is even possible that there could be a closure of shipping lines and targeting of Crusader ships and tankers".

    Egyptian ground intervention in Derna, according to Egyptian and Libyan sources

    Egyptian special forces carried out a ground attack in Derna, the town which pledged allegiance to the Isis Caliphate in the east of the country, "capturing 55 Daesh militants", said both Egyptian and Libyan sources without providing further details. Yesterday, Egyptian and Saudi media reported that after its aerial bombardments Egypt was considering the possibility of a ground attack. In particular, the deployment of "task force 999", the special forces unit for international operations was mentioned as a unit which could possibly be deployed along Libyan security forces.(ANSAmed).

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