Islamic state takes over Libyan city – only 200 miles from the European shores

Islamic state takes over Libyan city – only 200 miles from the European shores

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ISIS comes to Libya

By Paul Cruickshank, Nic Robertson, Tim Lister and Jomana Karadsheh, CNN
November 18, 2014

(CNN) — The black flag of ISIS flies over government buildings. Police cars carry the group’s insignia. The local football stadium is used for public executions. A town in Syria or Iraq? No. A city on the coast of the Mediterranean, in Libya.

Fighters loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are now in complete control of the city of Derna, population of about 100,000, not far from the Egyptian border and just about 200 miles from the southern shores of the European Union.

The fighters are taking advantage of political chaos to rapidly expand their presence westwards along the coast, Libyan sources tell CNN.

Map showing location of Derna in Libya
Map showing location of Derna…

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