Several sources report UK commandos have been deployed to Libya to stop the advance of the Islamic State threatening key oil fields and the Es Sidra oil export terminal.
British Special Forces have been deployed in Libya to wrest back control of more than a dozen oil fields seized by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, it has emerged. Approximately 6,000 European and US soldiers, including 1,000 British troops, will be involved in a number of offensives set up to halt the advance of the jihadist terror group.The report claims Italian forces will lead the operation, supported mainly by British and French .
Crack SAS troops are in Libya preparing for the arrival of around 1,000 British infantrymen to be sent against ISIS there in early 2016. Special Forces including military close observation experts from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment are spearheading a major coalition offensive against the terror network.Another source gives a similar account and gives the same numbers as RT for the total troops to be deployed. All the reports claim that the Islamic State or Daesh has a number of oil fields that will provide revenue for the terrorist group.
The crazed jihadis have reportedly overrun Libyan rebels in the towns of Bin Jawad and As Sidr as part of an offensive that designed to give the terrorist group access to huge new revenue streams from oil.Contrast that alarmist report with the more sober evaluation of Daily Star:
SIS has taken advantage the security vacuum to grab territory and are threatening to advance from Sirte, which it controls. So far the group has failed to take control of any Libyan oil installations but has done so in Syria.