UNITED NATIONS – The political and security vacuum in Libya is being exploited by the Islamic State extremist group which has “significantly
expanded” the territory it controls in the conflict-torn north African nation, UN experts said in a report circulated Thursday.
The experts monitoring UN sanctions against Libya said the militant group has successfully recruited marginalized communities in the central city of Sirte, which it controls. It has also increased its operational capacity in the city of Sabratha and the capital Tripoli through local recruitment reinforced by foreign fighters, the experts said. “While ISIL does not currently generate direct revenue from the exploitation of oil in Libya, its attacks against oil installations seriously compromise the country’s economic stability,” the six-member panel said in the report. “Libyans have increasingly fallen victim to the terrorist group’s brutalities, culminating in several mass killings.”