UN: Islamic State Fighters Face Possible Defeat in Libya
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Islamic State fighters in Libya are facing the “distinct possibility” of defeat in Libya. These IS fighters are likely to continue their efforts elsewhere in Africa.
The U.N. chief said in a new report to the U.N. Security Council that member states’ estimates of the number of IS fighters range between 2,000 and 7,000 from Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Morocco and Mauritania.
The secretary-general said in the report on the threat posed to Libya and neighboring countries by foreign fighters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, that the current political divide in Libya continues to make the country attractive for foreign fighters who are actively recruited by IS and al-Qaida-linked groups to boost their military capabilities.
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