Daesh Strength in Libya Grows to Nearly 5,000 Fighters
Libya, which is Around
undergoing its second civil war in less than half a decade, has become
the next country after Iraq and Syria to be targeted by Daesh terrorists
5,000 Daesh (also known as ISIL/ISIS) militants are now thought to be
fighting in Libya, the country's interior minister said on Saturday,
as cited by the Iranian news agency FARS.
After a civil war in which NATO-backed rebels ousted long-time leader
Muammar Gadhafi in 2011, Libya failed to transition to another stable
government, which led to another civil war in 2014, although
negotiations are underway which may bring an end to the conflict. Daesh
has taken advantage of the situation, capturing territory around the
coastal town of Sirte, between the territories held by the conflict's
two main warring sides.