ISIS affiliate takes control of air base in Libya

2015-05-29 22:00
ISIS members (File, AP)

ISIS members (File, AP)

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Benghazi - A Libyan militia spokesperson and a militant group say the local Islamic State affiliate has taken control of a civilian air base in the central city of Sirte - the group's stronghold in the North African country.

Mohammed al-Shamia, spokesperson for the 166 Battalion militia, says his group withdrew from the al-Qardabiya air base on Thursday.

The battalion answers to the militias who control the capital, Tripoli, and al-Shamia says they were forced to withdraw after his forces received no reinforcements from the capital.

Four years after fall of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is mired in chaos.

A statement from the local ISIS affiliate confirmed that the militants had seized the air base along with buildings from a Gaddafi-era mega-project known as the Great Man Made River.

Read more on:    isis  |  libya  |  security  |  north africa
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