By Ajnadin Mustafa.
Tripoli, 12 October 2014:
ISIS, also know as the Islamic State and Daash, is to launch a satellite TV station called . . .[restrict]Tawheed, broadcasting propaganda from Sirte.
An official page for the new station which has appeared on social media says that it will be transmitting a “call for uniformity to all parts of the world”.
The page claims that Tawheed will broadcast messages from various religious figures.
Mustafa Zand, a leader of the Libyan Popular National Movement, a group with strong ties to the former regime and which was banned from taking part in elections in 2012, has claimed two other television channels are under the direction of the co-called Islamic State.
Speaking on the Egyptian programme Cairo Today, Zand alleged that stations in Sabratha and Derna as well as Sirte were already controlled by the Takfiri group.
With Takfiri camps near both Sabratha and Sirte, the two towns are viewed as increasingly Islamist strongholds. However, extremist groups in the towns have not publicly declared their allegiance to ISIS or its leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
Derna’s Shoura Council of Islamic Youth is said to have aligned itself with Daesh. While the group has been responsible for a string of public executions in Derna and has secured control of the town’s courts, it does not hold the balance of power there.
Last month clashes between the Shoura Council and Abu Saleem Martyr’s brigade left at least six dead as the two militias battled for control of Derna. [/restrict]