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IS Seizes Another Libyan Town
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IS Seizes Another Libyan Town

Islamic State militants have seized another town in Libya, the group and a military source said on Friday, expanding the territory they control in the strife-torn country.
A military source confirmed militants were controlling Harwa, a desert town 50 kilometers east of Sirte, adding that they had taken over government buildings, Reuters reported.
IS took over the city of Sirte on Libya’s central Mediterranean coast in stages this year, occupying government buildings and last month the city’s airport. The group has now also taken over the town of Harwa to the east of Sirte, according to a statement posted on social media.
IS has claimed responsibility for the killings of dozens of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians, the storming of a luxury hotel in Tripoli and attacks on oilfields as well as suicide bombings in several cities. The group has a strong presence in the eastern city of Derna and has carried out suicide attacks in Benghazi, the main eastern city.
The militant group, which controls large parts of Iraq and Syria, has exploited a security vacuum in Libya as two rival governments struggle for power. Libya is currently engulfed in a civil war nearly four years after the fall of Gaddafi.

 

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