Nov 19 2014
Next stop Benghazi, then Tripoli, then on to Europe?
ISIS is now in complete control of the city of Derna in Libya with a, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union. Situation now much more dire than when Ghadaffi was in power.
The fighters are taking advantage of political chaos to rapidly expand their presence westwards along the coast. The sources say the Derna branch of ISIS counts 800 fighters and operates half a dozen camps on the outskirts of the town, as well as larger facilities in the nearby Green Mountains, where fighters from across North Africa are being trained. It has been bolstered by the return to Libya from Syria and Iraq of up to 300 Libyan jihadists who were part of ISIS’ al Battar Brigade — deployed at first in Deir Ezzor in Syria and then Mosul in Iraq.