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Islamic State beheads 11 in Libya

By DPA Time of article published Aug 23, 2017

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Cairo - Eleven people, including nine members of Libya's eastern forces, had their heads cut off in an attack by Islamic State militants in central Libya, a spokesman for the eastern forces said.

"Nine soldiers and two civilians were decapitated when the terrorist Daesh group attacked Fugha checkpoint in Jufra area this morning," the spokesman said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist Islamic State group.

Forces aligned with Libya's strongman Khalifa Haftar captured Jufra in June from rival militias, as part of the army general's aim to expand his control over the strife-torn country. His forces have been steadily expanding and now control almost all of eastern Libya as well as areas in the south.

Haftar is the chief of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which is aligned with an administration based in Libya's far eastern city of Tobruk.

Libya descended into chaos following the 2011 overthrow of long-time autocrat Moamer Gaddafi, who ruled the North African country for more than four decades.

Haftar's forces are currently vying for control with a UN-backed Tripoli-based government led by Fayez Serraj.

Islamic State took advantage of the anarchy in order to expand its inffluence in the oil-rich country.


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