Report suggests Qatar transferring ISIS militants from Iraq and Syria to Libya

FILE PHOTO: Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government fire weapons during a battle with ISIS militants in Sirte, Libya, July 15, 2016. (Reuters)

ISIS militants have allegedly begun to regroup in south Libya with Qatar’s help after the Gulf state was accused of transferring hundreds of fighters from Syria and Iraq to Libya, a UAE-based newspaper reported on Saturday.

Military sources told Alittihad newspaper that the move is an effort to turn the south into a hotbed for extremists after ISIS took severe blows in Syria and Iraq,

According to Libyan military officials speaking to the newspaper, ISIS fighters began to leave fighting areas through Turkey and are headed to Libya.

The newspaper added that Doha, which is accused by the anti-terror quartet of supporting terrorist groups including groups in Libya that suffer from political divisions, is behind this activity.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51