In the last few days, a group calling itself the Islamic State in Libya – also known as the Islamic State in Sirte – has been attacking the oil terminals at the ports of Es-Sider and Ras Lanouf. Heavy shelling and ground assaults by these forces have led to the deaths of at least ten Petroleum Facility Guards (PFG) and the burning of five storage tanks, some of which are said to contain between 420,000 and 450,000 barrels of oil.
GardaWorld sources have indicated that the PFG – which is being supported by airstrikes from the Libyan Armed Forces based in Benghazi’s Benina airfield – has enough resources to hold both ports, which have been closed now for over a year. These attacks follow the seizure of the town of Bin Jawad by the same group on January 4th, and highlight the freedom of movement that groups affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have in Libya and their desire to expand their control along the country’s coastline.
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