Fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn), an alliance of Islamist-backed militias, take position during clashes with an opposing militia in Bir al-Ghanam, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital on March 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA
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The United States is increasingly concerned about the growing presence and influence of the Syria-based Islamic State movement in Libya, according to U.S. officials and a State Department report.Since late January, Islamic State militants have carried out attacks, including a car bombing and siege at the Corinthia, a luxury hotel in Tripoli, and an attack on the Mabruk oilfield south of Sirte, according to a report circulated this week by the State Department's Diplomatic Security Bureau.The State Department document said estimates of the number of Islamic State fighters operating in Libya ranged from 1000 to 3000 .The report said Islamic State had only had limited success in capturing and holding territory in Libya.
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