Friday, April 29, 2016

Libya's U.N.-Backed Unity Government Tells Militias To Hold-Off On Attacking The Islamic State

Reuters: Libyan government urges factions to hold off attacking Islamic State in Sirte

Libya's U.N.-backed unity government called on Thursday on military factions to hold off from any campaign against the Islamic State-controlled city of Sirte until a unified military command structure is created.

The statement came amid signs that factions from both eastern and western Libya could be gearing up for an advance on Sirte, although such operations have repeatedly been announced in recent months without taking place.

Islamic State has held Sirte since 2015, taking advantage of a conflict between loose alliances of armed brigades allied to Libya's rival governments to seize a 250-km (155-mile) strip of coastline around the central Mediterranean city, which lies between the eastern and western power bases.

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WNU Editor: The U.S. appears to be getting ready for its own military action .... US moves surveillance drones into skies over Libya to gather intelligence, consider military options against Islamic State militants (AP).

More News On Libya

Libya tells militias to delay anti-ISIS offensive -- RUDAW
Libyan Forces to Attack Daesh Stronghold of Sirte in 48 Hours -- Sputnik
Libya unity government to set up joint force to combat IS -- Middle East Eye
Libya unity government vows to end jihadist 'scourge' -- AFP
UAE Donates Armored Personnel Carriers, Trucks to Libya -- Defense News
US Backs NATO Force Off Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar -- VOA
US Support a Naval Operation in Libya: German Seeks EU Command -- EU Bulletin
Libya outlines ambitious plans to restore oil output. -- Reuters
Libya: A Long, Hard Slog Against ISIS in Sirte? -- Newsweek/Reuters
In Libya, the Race to Defeat the Islamic State Begins: Analysis -- Stratfor

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