On Monday, Islamic State posted a video on social media, in this video, Islamic State (IS) militants execute four people in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, one of the four victims was a member of one of the rival groups to IS, and his body was put on display for the public to see.
IS have also released a video showing an IS militant shooting a captive in the head. According to Reuters, the man was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and was tied on an improvised cross. After he was killed, the radical group left his body to set an example and send a warning for others like him.
It is believed that the man was allegedly a spy for the Libya Dawn operation (Fajr Libya), this is a rival group to IS who is in support of the General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli.
Sirte is, and has been the stronghold for IS since they moved into the city at the start of this year, they have lost the upper hand in Darna but now have a very strong presence in Sirte. Their no tolerance policy is what instils fear into the hearts of the local residents. These executions have come about after IS thwarted an attempted upheaval by local residents and are now trying to regain control of the city of Darna.
In other news, on Tuesday, the Libyan Foreign Minister of the House of Representatives in Tobrok, Mohammed al-Dairi has renewed his plea to uplift the UN-imposed arms embargo, and for the international community to step up, and send airstrikes to IS locations and strongholds.
According to AFP, Al-Dairi has stated that the situation has become “extremely serious” and that eradicating IS from Libya should be of utmost importance for the international community, especially for Europe. He said, “People are dying, are crucified, are disinterred from their graves, are burned alive. Libyans don’t understand why the international community doesn’t wake up to these dangers.”
IS have also been gaining support from Boko Haram, the radical Nigerian terrorist organisation. It has been reported that Boko Haram have dispatched approximately 200 heavy armed militants to strengthen the presence of IS in North Africa, the relationship between the two groups has clearly flourished.