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The number of ISIS fighters in Libya is estimated at a few hundred, UN official says

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A UN official revealed that the number of ISIS fighters in Libya “is estimated at a few hundred,” noting that the terrorist organization “has strengthened its position in the Middle East.”

The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism Affairs, Vladimir Voronkov, told the UN Security Council that the number of ISIS fighters in Libya is estimated at a few hundred, “but the organization still maintains the ability to threaten the entire region.”

In West Africa, the UN official estimated that the number of fighters loyal to ISIS is about 3,500, indicating that the organization continues in this region “to build strong relations with local Islamist extremist groups.”

Voronkov pointed out that “more than 10 thousand ISIS fighters are still operating under the banner of the organization, moving between Iraq and Syria in small cells.”

The UN official noted that “the risk of ISIS carrying out attacks outside the conflict areas has diminished since the beginning of the year, most likely due to the restrictions imposed on movement in these countries due to the Covid-19 pandemic”, but he warned that “it seems the terrorist organization’s strategy has not changed.”

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