Libya Is Becoming a 'Terrorist Hub'

11 September, 2014

President Barack Obama has proposed an expanded American military effort against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. His plan is meant to answer the rising threat of Islamist extremism in the Middle East, including parts of North Africa.

One area of concern is Libya. Three years ago, rebels ousted Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Media reports now describe Libya as a failed state, like Somalia.

Earlier this week, French defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that Libya could become what he called a terrorist center, or "hub". And he urged other countries to "mobilize" – to prepare for action.

The defense chief spoke to the French publication Le Figaro. He said that Libya's economic and political centers are now at risk of falling under the control of jihadist groups. Jihad is