The number of ISIS fighters has doubled to some 6000 in the past year, according to US Army General David Rodriguez’ statements during a press briefing.

However, the very same top-US commander said that local Libyan militias had experienced some success in halting ISIS’ advances across the country.

Meanwhile, ISIS finds itself embroiled in heavy skirmishes at Benghazi and Sabratha. Furthermore, the Islamic State has established a foothold in the port city of Sirte and ISIS fighters have seized dozens of villages around it.

Also, Mr. Rodriguez noted that America would not provide military assistance until a functioning national government was formed.

In an attempt to defeat ISIS in Libya, the UN is now trying to form a unity government in the capital of Tripoli. Nevertheless, the latter city is controlled by the predominately Islamist ‘New General National Congress’ (GNC).

The GNC – whose largest party is the Muslim Brotherhood – is opposed by the more secular Tobruk-based government in the far east of the country.

However, General Rodriguez said it was unlikely that ISIS in Libya could become as powerful the group has become in Syria and Iraq.

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Marama
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Marama

thats about 1/8 of syria manpower. Next battlefield Lybia, Sinai, Mali?

mica Farha
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mica Farha

@justfightX The-road-they-re-travelling-on-were-built-by-Gaddafi-who-was-murdered-by-Sarkozy-and-Cameron

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@justfightX Libya-was-illegally-bombed-by-criminals-Cameron-Sarkozy-Obama.those-are-the-facts-

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

And Sarkozy nearly ruined the french state, BTW… But you must know that Gaddafi was a freaking criminal too and he bombed french and other civilian airplanes already 😉 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UTA_Flight_772 https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vol_103_Pan_Am BTW, he wasn’t killed by frenchs or englishs but was lynched by soldiers of the National Transition Council. I won’t share a tear neither for Gaddafi, not for Sarkozy or Cameron the day they’ll pass away as they are ALL bad guys… The bad thing is, although Gaddafi regime wasn’t good at all, the country has been destabilized thus occuring a civil war with many casualties and destructions that,… Read more »

Joe Pelosi
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Joe Pelosi

The US is “taking care” of isil in libya, right?

andy
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andy

for such job,they need more money from ur tax