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Some 200,000 Libyan Militants May Join ISIL

© AP Photo / Mohammad Hannon, FileIn this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias, hold a demonstration against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi, Libya
In this Sept. 21, 2012 file photo, Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias, hold a demonstration against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi, Libya - Sputnik International
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Up to 200,000 Libyan militants could join the Islamic State (ISIL) group, German newspaper Spiegel said on Wednesday, citing excerpts of classified German government analysis.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Approximately 1,500 separate Islamist groups currently operate in Libya, according to data in the magazine’s possession. The total number of members is estimated at 100,000-200,000, according to the analysis.

The Libyan government currently lacks resources to counter militant operations in the country following the beginning of civil war in 2011. Islamist influence is projected to increase if groups unite with the ISIL, the publication claimed.

ISIL extremists control large areas of Syria and Iraq, rapidly spreading their influence to other territories in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa through a number of affiliated militant groups. Some of the Libyan militias are reported to have pledged allegiance to the group.

More than 30,000 militants are believed to be fighting for the ISIL, according to US Central Intelligence Agency data.

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