New ISIS video, this time from Benghazi
In a new video purportedly released by the Islamic State, ISIS militants in “Wilayat al-Barqah,” Libya are shown taking on opposition forces. Wilayat al-Barqah is one of three Islamic State “wilayats,” or “provinces,” announced in Libya on November 13, 2014, along with Wilayat al-Tarabulus and Wilayat al-Fizan. Wilayat al-Barqah contains the city of Benghazi, the site of the September 11, 2012 attack on an American compound that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith dead.
In the video, the battle front between ISIS and opposition forces in Libya is shown. The Islamic State has been ramping up its interest in the African nation, which is a cause for concern due to its proximity to Europe. In fact, The New York Times reports that ISIS intends to make Sirte, a Mediterranean city in Libya, a back-up capital for the Islamic State in case Raqqa, Syria falls to the coalition.