Friday, November 28, 2014

U.S. Alarmed By The Growth Of The Islamic State Throughout North Africa

Islamic State Spreading Into Northern Africa, Alarming U.S. -- Washington Times

Libya, Egypt at risk of Shariah brutality

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula — presenting a complex challenge for Washington and its allies in the region.

Through its savvy use of social media and slick production of recruitment videos, the Islamic State — also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL — is attracting a growing number of individual jihadis to its harsh interpretation of Islamic, or Shariah, law.

“ISIL’s stated goal of expanding its caliphate and its adherence to a strict form of Shariah has definitely resonated with a collection of extremists across North Africa, who appear to be mimicking ISIL’s rhetoric and brutality,” said a U.S. intelligence official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss security issues freely.

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My Comment: Libya is definitely fertile ground for the Islamic State .... a failed state with porous borders and young extremist groups everywhere.

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