How strong is the Islamic State in Libya?

February 20, 2015 1:49 PM

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CAIRO, Egypt — New images released online Wednesday show large numbers of Islamic State militants patrolling streets in the Libyan city of Sirte. Kalashnikov-wielding fighters in beige fatigues, their faces covered in black balaclavas, ride in a convoy of pick-ups trucks waving the group's black flags.

The images are clearly aimed as a show of force — an announcement that the Islamic State is now a power in Libya. The release comes one day after a similar attention-grabbing move: a mass beheading of 20 Egyptians near Sirte.

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