Libya: ISIS attacks oil export terminals

At least two members of Libya's Petroleum Facilities Guard were killed Jan. 4 as ISIS militants attacked the Sidra and Ras Lanouf oil export terminals. Militants launched two suicide car-bomb attacks at the security gate of the Sidra facility in a diversionary strike while another force of up to a dozen vehicles looped south and attacked Ras Lanouf, some 30 kilometers to the east. One of the facility's storage tanks was set ablaze in the assault. The attack comes two weeks after French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that ISIS was planning to seize Libya's oil facilities. Sidra and Ras Lanouf are under control of the internationally recognized government based in Libya's east, but last year were the scene of battles as Libya Dawn forces loyal to the Tripoli-based regime attempted to take the facilities. Sidra and Ras Lanouf lie near the border between the rival regimes' territories They also lie just east of Sirte, the principal ISIS stronghold in Libya. (Libya Herald, BBC News, CBS, Jan. 4)

  1. Truck-bomb attack on Libya training center

    A truck-bomb attack on a police training center in a western town in Libya killed at least 65 people. The truck crashed into the gate of the police academy in the coastal city of Zliten, about 160 kilometers east of Tripoli (in territory controlled by the Libyan Dawn government). British and Italian troops were set to arrive at the base to begin training a joint force for the nascent unity government. (Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Jan. 7)