Eighty members of the Special Boat Service, supported by 40 British specialists, have been deployed with US, French and Italian forces in a top-secret operation to deny IS any opportunity to establish a base in Libya, like reported by express.co.uk.
The force is also targeting smuggling cartels and pressing the Libyan forces to take stronger action against people traffickers by destroying boats.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson referred to the “gaping exit” that Libya presents on the Mediterranean’s southern shores after a meeting in May with the country’s prime minister Fayyez Al-Serraj.
IS fighters from Libya are thought to be sneaking into Europe by infiltrating a scheme designed to help wounded Libyan soldiers receive hospital treatment in Italy.
The British forces include drone specialists who can monitor open deserts and an electronic warfare team to harvest communication ‘chatter’ from mobile phones.