Isis wants to turn Libya into its 'hub' in Africa

Wsj, leaders send fighters and money from Syria

19 May, 20:31

    Pick up of Isis in Nawfaliyah, Libia Pick up of Isis in Nawfaliyah, Libia

    NEW YORK - The leaders of Isis have sent money and a growing number of fighters and military trainers to Libya from Syria to boost the Islamic State's presence in Libyan territory and widen its influence, a US military source has told the Wall Street Journal.


    According to the source, Isis now has an operational presence in Libya and aims to turn the country into its hub in Africa.

    Libya is now part of the map of terror of Isis, the source was quoted as saying by the Wsj, adding that the presence in the country gives jihadists a new base to plan attacks in North Africa and, through the Mediterranean Sea, in Europe. Some US officials and experts, added the Wsj, also see signs they believe prove the willingness of the group's leaders to boost relations with Islamic militant groups in the Egyptian Sinai peninsula, sending limited funding, as well as in other countries, but the highest concern is represented by growing relations with Libyan groups. The paper also reported that the US military see few valid options to stem the growth of Isis in the North African country, where the power void has favored the proliferation of militant groups.(ANSAmed).

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