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article 20 March 2015 World, Libya
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US fears Islamic State is making serious inroads in Libya

The US is increasingly concerned about the growing presence and influence of the Syria-based Islamic State movement in Libya, according to US officials and a state department report.

article 17 March 2015 World, Iraq
News
Islamic State clashes prompt Sirte families to flee

Families desert Libya's coastal city of Sirte after two days of clashes between Islamic State militants and fighters loyal to a government based in Tripoli.

post 16 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog On the front line of Islamic State's war on history

Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: "Destroy the Idols". Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.

post 27 February 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Iraq: why looting can be a good thing

Better that at least some vestiges of previous civilisations be kept safe in the great museums of London, Berlin and New York, courtesy of the colonial looters of yesteryear.

post 17 February 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Libya: is it better to leave dictators in their place?

The disaster of Libya provided much of the reason for not aiding Syrians who rose against dictatorship in 2012. But is the best course of action to do nothing?

video 16 February 2015 World, Egypt

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How should Islamic State militants be tackled? - video

Egypt's Ambassador to Britain, Nasser Kamel, tells Channel 4 News airstrikes on Libya marks a "new beginning" against Islamic State, while the former Nato chief says "boots are needed on the ground."

post 16 February 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Could the rise of Islamic State prove fatal for Libya?

Many Libyans who fought to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi are in despair. They know their failure to curb the rise in Islamic State could be deadly for their disintegrating country.

article 16 February 2015 World, Egypt
News
Egypt and Libya strike Islamic State after beheadings video

Egypt carries out an airstrike against an Islamic State-affiliated group in Libya in retaliation for the apparent beheading of 21 Egyptians.

article 30 January 2015 World, Iraq
Islamic State's new global tactics
by Islamic State's 'exceedingly dangerous' new tactics

The killing of at least 30 security personnel in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula could be more than just jihadist violence - but an indication of new and dangerous tactics from the Islamic State group.

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