Old loyalties, religious cohesion may frustrate Islamic State in Libya

April 21, 2015 11:00 AM

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Old loyalties, religious cohesion may frustrate Islamic State in Libya

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's executions of Christians show the group is exploiting Libya's lawlessness but tribal and political loyalties and the absence of a sectarian divide mean it is unlikely to grow as rapidly there as in Iraq or Syria.

On Sunday, the militant group published a video purportedly showing the execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians in two locations in eastern and southern Libya, two months after it beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts there.

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