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Leaded by France and Italy, Europe worries about deepening chaos in Lybia.

ISIS barks in Tripoli while biting in Cyrenaica.

ISIS barks in Tripoli while biting in Cyrenaica.

Isis, for its part, is making a deliberate effort to advertise its reach. It has already declared three parts of Libya to be provinces (wilayat in Arabic) under its control – and the subtitles that accompanied the film of the beheadings identified the beachside location as the “the province of Tripoli” – somewhere in the region of the country’s capital, probably Sirte, where the Egyptians were taken hostage. Mention of Rome, twice, seemed to be a mocking taunt to Europeans.

Last month, Isis mounted a suicide bombing attack on the best hotel in Tripoli, an operation that killed nine and again seemed designed to dramatically signal its menacing presence far from the “emirate” of Derna in the east, where black flags have been flying since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 uprising. READ ARTICLE HERE