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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
12/10/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

Terrorists belonging to the Jund al Khilafah group are rapidly establishing bases in eastern Libya. According to local sources, they number no less than 200. It's believed that they are preparing for significant attacks in the North African region. Jund al Khilafah and other like-minded groups are steadily paving the way among the local population here, who likewise espouse Islamic ideology.

Eastern Libya is becoming more attractive to agents affiliated with Islamist State.

Eastern Libya is becoming more attractive to agents affiliated with Islamist State.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/10/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Jund al Khilafah, L:ibya, Algiers, North Africa, Islamist State


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - In Algeria, the country's security forces are working to dismantle these bases. In the eastern part of the country, operations are hurriedly underway.

Initial action by security forces resulted in the destruction of several shelters and caches, along with the death of a terrorist. The mission of Jund Al Khilafah aims further to perpetrate terrorist acts during the end of this year, during the Christmas and the New Year holidays.

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Initial action by security forces resulted in the destruction of several shelters and caches, along

Initial action by security forces resulted in the destruction of several shelters and caches, along with the death of a terrorist.


"They are well equipped and trained. They have succeeded to convince young people to adhere to their camp and to integrate them before being sent in the battlefield against their targets," according to Algerian sources. After capturing the leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who refuses to pledge allegiance to Daesh, this newly created organization is seeking support in areas where all the ingredients for success are present.

The Sahel region that used to be suitable to all kinds of smuggling and other illegal activity seems to be the most desirable safe haven for Islamic State members.

Following the arrest of a terrorist Safi Eddine Al Mauritani, apprehended between Biskra and Ouargla by the Algerian forces, it was a given that Daesh is seeking for more influence in the whole region where young people are unemployed and marginalized.

Local sources affirm that the Okba Ibn Nafi group is seeking to join the Malian territory to be restructured under the aegis of the Islamic State. For Daesh it is the suitable place to emerge and trace its future designs to conquer the region. As a weakened Libya faces internal wars between tribes, its territory will be the safe haven of choice for Islamic State strategists.

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