Friday, February 20, 2015

Blog 3: Islamic State Strikes Libya

Blog 3: Islamic State Strikes Revenge

The terrorist group the Islamic State set off three bombs in the Libyan city of Al-Qubbah. The alleged targets off the bombs were a petrol station, a police station, and the home of a government speaker.  The bombings appear to be revenge of Egyptian strikes against the Islamic State. Egyptian strikes killed 50 in the town of  Derna, Libya which is Islamic State controlled. The Egyptian motive for airstrikes on the Islamic State are in light of the killings of 21 Coptic Christians by the Islamic State.  Islamic State bombings in Al-Qubbah killed 40.  This was the deadliest attack in Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.  The Islamic State controls the towns of Derna, Sirte, Nofilia and Benghazi in Libya. The rest of Libya is controlled by an internally recognized government, the Libya Dawn militia alliance, the Toubou militia.  Libya is in a state of chaos leaving it vulnerable for Islamic State takeovers. The Islamic State capitalizes on areas and countries with weak leadership or no leadership at all. The Islamic State reffered to the Christians they killed as “crusaders”. And threatened to “bring war to Rome”. Obviously not being literal but as a reference to Rome as the first major civilization to claim Christianity as its religion.  Western allies in the fight against the Islamic State seem unwilling to get involved in the chaos in Libya. Western forces most likely do not want to get involved because there are too many factions to deal with the politics.

Christopher Eakes

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