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    Moving Closer to Europe: ISIL Sets Its Sights on Expansion in Libya

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    The Islamic State has increased its presence in the Mediterranean city of Sirte in Libya from 200 fighters at the start of the year to a force of 5,000 men, including administrators and financiers; the base is the first to be directly established by ISIL outside Syria and Iraq, and brings the terrorists closer to Europe.

    The militant group has apparently found a new base where it can “generate oil revenue and plan terror attacks,” according to a Wall Street Journal report, based on estimates provided by Libyan intelligence officials, residents and activists in the area.

    The group has apparently expanded its staff and activities in the Mediterranean city of Sirte since February 2015, when it first announced its presence in the area.

    It now has roughly 5,000 men there, including administrators and financiers.  The new stronghold is directly across the Mediterranean Sea from Italy.

    Sirte is a gateway to several major oil fields and refineries farther east along the same coast and the Islamic State has targeted those installations in the past year, the newspaper says.

    “They have made their intentions clear,” it quotes Ismail Shoukry, the head of military intelligence for the region that includes Sirte, as saying. “They want to take their fight to Rome.”

    The group has already announced their plans to recruit foreign fighters, and is calling them to travel to Libya instead of Syria. According to residents and activists from Sirte and Libyan military officials, recent weeks have already seen a flood of foreign recruits and their families.

    “Sirte will be no less than Raqqa,” is a mantra often repeated by Islamic State leaders in the Libyan city during sermons and radio broadcasts, the newspaper quotes several residents and an activist from the city as saying. Raqqa is the group’s self-declared capital in Syria.

    About 85% of Libya’s crude oil production in 2014 went to Europe, with Italy being the largest recipient. About half of the natural gas it produces is exported to Italy.

    “The control of Islamic State over this region will lead to economic breakdowns,” the leader of the Libyan operation said, “especially for Italy and the rest of the European states.”

    The extremist group has already called for recruits who have the technical know-how to put nearby oil facilities into operation.

    The militants, as it turns, were able to successfully exploit deep existing divisions in Libya, which has two rival governments, which are entangled in a violent, nationwide power struggle.

    Libya currently has two competing governments, two parliaments, two sets of rivaling claims to control over the central bank and the national oil company, no functioning national police or army.

    The internationally recognized government has been forced to operate from Tobruk on the eastern border with Egypt and its rival self-styled government in Tripoli, which is run by Libya Dawn, a dominant group of Islamists forces.

    ​All the above apparently comes as a direct result of the US-orchestrated government change in the country four years ago.

    Contrary to popular belief, Libya, which western media described as "Gaddafi's military dictatorship" was in actual fact, Africa's most prosperous democracy.

    Prior to the US-led bombing campaign in 2011, Libya had the highest Human Development Index, the lowest infant mortality and the highest life expectancy in all of Africa.

    October 20, marked the four-year anniversary of the US-backed assassination of Libya’s former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the decline into chaos of one of Africa’s greatest nations.

    Today, Libya is an apparently failed state, with Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia having all closed their borders with the country.

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      h_anemos
      American style democracy is working well in Lybia,,,,,a Government on either end of the country,,,,
    • Mikhas
      All this brought to you by the western ziocon fascists for geo-political gains and they still don´t understand why their ISIS, fix-all-unwanted-governments-in-no-time, is not working according to their estimates.

      Then Russia supported by BRICS and the free world saves the day and they´r all in disarray trying to take credit for the achievements
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      Tactical Investor
      And the main cause of this is the U.S in the past 3 decades the U.S has supported some of the worst regimes ever

      35 Countries Where the U.S. Has Supported Fascists, Drug Lords and Terrorists
      Here's a handy A to Z guide to U.S.-backed international crime.
      By Nicolas J.S. Davies / AlterNet March 4, 2014
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      The U.S. is backing Ukraine's extreme right-wing Svoboda party and violent neo-Nazis whose armed uprising paved the way for a Western-backed coup. Events in the Ukraine are giving us another glimpse through the looking-glass of U.S. propaganda wars against fascism, drugs and terrorism. The ugly reality behind the mirror is that the U.S. government has a long and unbroken record of working with fascists, dictators, druglords and state sponsors of terrorism in every region of the world in its elusive but relentless quest for unchallenged global power.

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      Behind a firewall of impunity and protection from the State Department and the CIA, U.S. clients and puppets have engaged in the worst crimes known to man, from murder and torture to coups and genocide. The trail of blood from this carnage and chaos leads directly back to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and the White House. As historian Gabriel Kolko observed in 1988, "The notion of an honest puppet is a contradiction Washington has failed to resolve anywhere in the world since 1945." What follows is a brief A to Z guide to the history of that failure.

      1. Afghanistan

      In the 1980s, the U.S. worked with Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to overthrow Afghanistan's socialist government. It funded, trained and armed forces led by conservative tribal leaders whose power was threatened by their country's progress on education, women's rights and land reform. After Mikhail Gorbachev withdrew Soviet forces in 1989, these U.S.-backed warlords tore the country apart and boosted opium production to an unprecedented level of 2,000 to 3,400 tons per year. The Taliban government cut opium production by 95% in two years between 1999 and 2001, but the U.S. invasion in 2001 restored the warlords and drug lords to power. Afghanistan now ranks 175th out of 177 countries in the world for corruption, 175th out of 186 in human development, and since 2004, it has produced an unprecedented 5,300 tons of opium per year. President Karzai's brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was well known as a CIA-backed drug lord. After a major U.S. offensive in Kandahar province in 2011, Colonel Abdul Razziq was appointed provincial police chief, boosting a heroin smuggling operation that already earned him $60 million per year in one of the poorest countries in the world.www.alternet.org/world/35-countries-where-us-has-supported-fascists-druglords-and-terrorists
    • avatar
      The Red Queen
      If gradaffi were alive...
    • nadezhdochka_25
      gaddafi,we miss u
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      mrbin666
      FOR THIS IDEOLOGY MASS MURDERERS ON PROCESS NICE
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      mrbin666
      FOR THIS IDEOLOGY MASS MURDERERS ON PROCESS NICE
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      Observer
      Parents moved the child to other country in order to protect its life and give a chance to grow. No invitation for Russia can come up from Libya. How smart! And how crystal clear!
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      karlitozulu
      thank you NATO for helping extremists killing Gaddafi and destroying Libya... :-P
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      prediktor
      ISIS you mean Israeli Secret Intelligence Services? ??
      USA CIA MOSSAD PACT? Same fathers Like of AlQuaeda?
      American democracy employees?
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      Tactical Investor
      Has anyone wondered why the media started to change the name from ISIS to ISIL?

      ISIS= Israeli Secret Intelligence Service

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OF5Gr086kw


      www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMUlTSmNu0c
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