Britain says it has sent troops to Tunisia to help stop ISIS from crossing the border from neighboring Libya.
The British defense minister Michael Fallon said : ” A training team of some 20 troops from the 4th Infantry Brigade is now moving to Tunisia to help to counter illegal cross-border movement from Libya in support of the Tunisian authorities.”
Press TV reports:
Michael Fallon told parliament on Monday, “I … am extremely concerned about the proliferation of Daesh along the Libyan coastline, which is why we have been urgently assisting the formation of a new Libyan government.”
The move comes after growing concern that ISIL wants Libya as a base to carry out attacks.
Last June, 30 British holidaymakers were killed in an attack by an ISIL-affiliated gunman on a beach at a hotel on Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast.
After the downfall of Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, militant groups have taken advantage of political chaos to expand their presence in the North African country, and insurgents loyal to ISIL have taken control of the coastal city of Sirte.