A woman mourns with the framed picture of a man said to be among the 30 Ethiopian victims killed by members of the militant Islamic State in Libya, in the capital Addis Ababa, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri
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ISIS' executions of Christians show the group is exploiting Libya's lawlessness but tribal and political loyalties and the absence of a sectarian divide mean it is unlikely to grow as rapidly there as in Iraq or Syria.Sunday, the militant group published a video purportedly showing the execution of 30 Ethiopian Christians in two locations in eastern and southern Libya, two months after it beheaded 21 Egyptian Copts there.The video suggests ISIS, which controls much of Syria and Iraq, has managed to further expand in the North African country after establishing a limited presence in the eastern town of Derna as well as in western and central Libya.ISIS may struggle to expand as it has in Syria and Iraq because Libya has no Sunni-Shiite divide the group could exploit to draw in supporters.Unlike in Iraq and Syria, ISIS insurgents have not occupied any oil fields in Libya to generate revenues, and selling oil outside official channels would anyway be more complicated in Libya than in the two other Arab countries.Cross-border oil smuggling would also be difficult as ISIS controls no Libyan land border.
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