The Islamic State terrorist group has doubled its number of militants in Libya in the last year, according to the top U.S. military commander in the region.
Gen. Rodriguez said most of the fighters are coming to Libya from northern Africa, Iraq and Syria, and some militants that were already in Libya have switched allegiance to support the Sunni jihadists.
“That’s been their aspirations all the time, and they are continuing with the same threats that ISIS main is making,” he said, according to The Hill.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration maintains that it will defeat the terrorist group, including its new branches outside of Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. conducted an airstrike in February on an Islamic State training camp, and another airstrike in November killed the senior Islamic State leader in Libya.
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