Foreigners are pouring into Libya to join ISIS, Newsweek reports:
Over 5,000 foreign fighters have flocked to Libya to join the ranks of radical Islamist groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS), according to the country’s foreign minister, Mohammed al-Dairi[…]
In a recruitment video released last week, an ISIS militant called for jihadists from Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Egypt to immigrate to Libya. Last month, Libya’s army spokesperson also claimed that the biggest ISIS camp in the country was situated just 45km (27.9 miles) from the Tunisian border and a number of Tunisian foreign fighters had carried out suicide bomb attacks in the eastern city of Benghazi.
While this news needs to be taken with a grain of salt, coming as it does from the Libyan anti-Islamist government, it nonetheless is alarming. One of the most dangerous aspects of ISIS in its original, Levantine incarnation, is the legion of foreign fighters who could return home to wreak havoc should the group be destroyed.
There’s another reason this is troubling: ISIS has enjoyed unexpectedly swift success in setting up its Libyan franchise. If the two trends cross-breed, we could wind up with battle-hardened European jihadis a short, untraceable boat’s journey from Europe.