According to CNN, the United Nations released a report on Dec. 1, 2015, from an organization that looks into terrorist groups specifically in Libya. The report stated that ISIS has a powerful presence in the area. It appears that the terrorist group plans to expand its influence using local allies. However, it is likely ISIS will experience many challenges and will come against strong al Qaeda forces.
ISIS is in conflict with al Qaeda and their affiliate groups for the territory. The U.N. report was put together with intelligence and information gathered by member states, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, currently has more control over Libya than other chapters of the extremists groups outside Syria and Iraq. Libya is the wisest opportunity for ISIS to expand its caliphate.
ISIS sympathizers, who use social media accounts, have called out for volunteers to join ISIS in Libya. The U.N. report has increased concerns of the possible growing threat to Europe, especially after the Paris attacks, and since the group has turned toward international terrorism.
The European Union is concerned that the southern islands are only a couple hundred miles from Libya. U.N. reports state there are over a hundred thousand migrants leaving the country for Europe on a yearly basis.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the museum attacks on a museum and beach in Tunisia, killing dozens of tourists. Both gunmen were trained in Libya.
By Jeanette Smith
CNN: United Nations warns of ISIS expansion in Libya
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