Libya, which has descended into near anarchy since NATO warplanes helped rebels overthrow Gaddafi in a 2011 civil war, is now the third big stronghold for the Sunni Islamist group, also known as ISIS, which declared a Caliphate to rule over all Muslims from territory it holds in Syria and Iraq.
Islamic State fighters became a major force last year in Derna, a jihadi bastion in Libya’s east, and quickly spread to the biggest eastern city Benghazi, where they have conducted suicide bombings on streets divided among armed factions.
By occupying Sirte over the past four months they have claimed a major city in the center of the country, astride the coastal highway that links the east and west.
Not to get all Chicken Little on you, but isn’t ISIS getting to be the size of, you know, an empire?
Islamic State has claimed it is ‘infinitely’ closer to buying a nuclear bomb from Pakistan and smuggling it into the US.
An article, apparently penned by British hostage John Cantlie for the terror group’s magazine, Dabiq, says the scenario is ‘more possible today than it was just one year ago’.
Cantlie, a photojournalist who has been held captive for more than two years, has appeared in multiple propaganda videos and articles for the extremist group.
In an article entitled ‘The Perfect Storm’, it is claimed ISIS has billions of dollars in the bank and describes a ‘hypothetical operation’ which involves it buying a nuclear bomb ‘through weapons dealers with links to corrupt officials’ in Pakistan.
It describes how the device could be smuggled into North America overland and by boat.
‘Perhaps such a scenario is far-fetched but it’s the sum of all fears for western intelligence agencies and it’s infinitely more possible today than it was just one year ago,’ it adds.
Not bad for the JV team, eh Mr. President?
ISIS is entirely of Obama’s making. The seed was there, but he tilled the ground and fertilized the soil. He has sown the wind and we shall reap the whirlwind.
A surprise player has joined President Barack Obama’s regular weekend golf game: Vice President Joe Biden.
The White House says the Nos. 1 and 2 leaders of the free world teed off Saturday at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, a private golf club in Potomac, Maryland.
Two aides rounded out Obama’s foursome.
Obama usually plays with aides at when he’s at the White House. His golf party often includes bigger names when he plays away from home.
How many calls did Obama make before he had to settle for Bite Me?