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Ahmed al-Mesmari, a spokesman of Libya's opposition armed forces which are made up of militias and some units of the national army based in the east of the country, addresses the media on June 8, 2016 in the coastal city of Benghazi. Libya's unity government said its forces captured two …

Libyan Forces Enter Sirte to Battle Islamic State

After many months of concern that the military forces of Libya’s divided government would never be able to work effectively against the Islamic State, there is encouraging news that a major Libyan offensive against the ISIS stronghold of Sirte is underway.

LIBYA, Tripoli : Students walk past a wall painted with a graffiti reading "free Libya" in the Libyan capital Tripoli, on March 31, 2016. / AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA

Libyan Government Seeks Unity; Islamic State Seeks Two-Thirds of Libya

The new Libyan “unity” government took a long time to reach the capital of Tripoli, because the Islamist warlords in control of the city would not let them use a plane. They had to sail from Tobruk to Tripoli by boat. They made port at the end of March, but did not get much further than the fortified naval base, where the “Government of National Accord” remains ensconced.

UN Special Envoy for Libya APMaggie Michael

U.N. Envoy to Libya Blocked from Landing in Tripoli

The U.N. envoy has been blocked from flying into Tripoli, which is the national capital, but not the current headquarters of the internationally-recognized legitimate government.

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U.S. Seeks Coalition to Checkmate Islamic State in Africa

U.S. officials admitted to Voice of America News on Wednesday they are deeply concerned about the Islamic State’s growing strength in Africa, emanating from their stronghold in Libya, but could offer only disturbingly vague talk of assembling an anti-ISIS “coalition” to address the problem.

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Libya Finally Forms ‘Unity Government’ as Islamic State Threat Grows

After a few failed attempts, it appears Libya’s feuding factions have finally agreed upon a U.N.-backed proposal to form a unity government. Unfortunately, support for the plan is not universal, and it remains to be seen if the framework will evolve into a fully-functional, enduring national government.