Monday, December 07, 2015

Warplanes in Libyan skies may signal next major battle in fight to contain Islamic State - Guardian

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Speculation about airstrikes heightened last week when the UN reported what intelligence agencies have been saying for months – that Libya has become Isis’s fallback position. More than 800 fighters sent from Libya to battle in Syria and Iraq have now made the journey the other way, as Isis expands its Libyan caliphate....

Sirte’s airbase, the biggest in Libya, is being readied by Isis to take suicide planes, while 85 of the town’s children have been paraded as “suicide cubs”, ready to detonate themselves for the cause....

But Sirte was the true prize, offering an airport, seaport and something Isis wanted more than anything else: oil. South of the town is the massive Sirte Basin, the centre of Libya’s oil industry. In a few months its units conquered the town and pushed south into the Sirte Basin, taking a 100-mile stretch of coastline. In January, it killed 22 Christians, 21 of them Egyptians, on the Sirte shore, triggering Egyptian airstrikes....

-bth: certainly looks like ISIS is building a secondary position in Libya.  Note how ISIS focuses on areas that have oil and gas resources presumably as a source of permanent funding.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/06/warplanes-libya-next-battlefront-isis-nato

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