Libya unity govt wants joint military force to combat ISIS

2016-04-28 23:13


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Tripoli - Libya's new unity government announced on Thursday plans to establish a joint military command to drive the Islamic State jihadist group out of the North African country.

Its presidential council called on "all military forces" in Libya to await instructions after "a joint command" has been formed and not to launch any unilateral offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, 450km east of Tripoli.

Martin Kobler, the UN special envoy for Libya, said in a tweet: "I welcome the initiative of #Libya Presidency Council to appoint a military joint leadership for operations" against ISIS.

The council fears that separate operations in Sirte could spark clashes between the multitude of different fighting forces in Libya and play into the jihadists' hands.

ISIS has transformed Sirte into a training camp for Libyan and foreign militants since overrunning slain dictator Mummar Gaddafi's hometown on the Mediterranean last June.

With its port and airport, there are growing fears that ISIS may use Sirte as a staging post for attacks on European soil.



Read more on:    isis  |  libya  |  north africa

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