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March 20, 2015 10:02 am

Islamic State Expanding Presence in Libya Amid Ongoing Civil War

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Islamic State militants. The terrorist group formed in Libya out of existing al Qaeda-affiliated and Islamist extremist groups. Photo: Screenshot.

Washington Free Beacon – The Islamic State terrorist group is expanding its operations in Libya with high-profile attacks following the recent beheadings of 21 Christians, according to a State Department security report.

In Libya, Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS or ISIL, formed out of existing al Qaeda-affiliated and Islamist extremist groups in early 2015. It is said to number between 1,000 and 3,000 fighters and has been exploiting the conflict between two Libyan groups fighting for control of the oil-rich North African state, Libya Dawn and Operation Dignity.

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