ISIS Executed 14 Libyan Soldiers in the South

ISIS Executed 14 Libyan Soldiers in the South
Mon Jan 5, 2015 09:44:57

Supporters of ISIS terrorist group, have killed 14 Libyan soldiers in the south of the country, the government official said.

The internationally recognized government of Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni, which has been forced to work from the east since a group known as Libya Dawn linked to Misrata seized Tripoli last August, said Daesh had executed 14 soldiers on a road north of Sabha, the main city in the south.

“Members of Daesh staged an attack... during which they executed 14 members of the Libyan army belonging to the infantry battalion 168,” the government said in a statement, asking the international community to lift an arms embargo to help fight what it called terrorists.

A website called “Islamic State in Libya” claimed responsibility for killing 12 soldiers at the same location and posted a picture purporting to show the execution of one soldier.

A rival, Islamist dominated Libyan parliament in Tripoli denounced the killing, a Tripoli-based news agency said.

Al Thinni has accused the Tripoli government of relying on Islamists. It denies this and says Al Thinni is backed by former Gaddafi officers.

In separate violence, forces loyal to the internationally recognised government staged air strikes on the port of Misrata, a western city allied to a group that holds the capital Tripoli.

Both sides also fought with ground troops near the country’s biggest oil port, part of a struggle between forces loyal to two rival governments allied to former rebel groups that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now vie for power.

Western powers and Libya’s neighbours fear ISIS and other radicals are seeking to exploit a power vacuum in the oil-producing nation.

A general view shows the eastern Libyan town of Derna. Rebels governing Libya's sun-bleached town of Derna, nestled at the foot of hills overlooking the Mediterranean, are frustrated by their new-found notoriety as an alleged Al-Qaeda emirate. AFP

There have been attempts by Daesh to open a branch in Libya at Derna, an eastern hot spot for radicals.

The US military is monitoring a nascent effort by Daesh to train a couple of hundred fighters in eastern Libya, the commander of US forces in Africa said last month.

Saqer Al Joroushi, commander of an air force unit loyal to Al Thinni, said war planes had hit Misrata port and an air force academy located in the western city.

A state news agency loyal to the Tripoli government said two people had been wounded when several rockets hit a port building in the city located 200km east of Tripoli.

Separately, troops loyal to Al Thinni said they had attacked a rival force which three weeks ago tried to seize the Al Sidr oil port. Al Sider and the adjacent Ras Lanuf oil ports have been closed since the clashes started.

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