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February 5, 2016 10:57 am

Islamic State Fighters Increasing Presence in Libya, US Official Says

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An ISIS terrorist. The terrorist group is increasing its presence in Libya. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

An ISIS terrorist. The terrorist group is increasing its presence in Libya. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Islamic State fighters have streamed into Libya in recent months, a US official said Thursday, heightening fears the extremists are gaining ground and influence in the north African country.

About 5,000 IS jihadists are now in Libya, the defense official said, approximately double earlier estimates, while the number of IS extremists in Iraq and Syria has dropped.

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