US President Barack Obama has indicated that Washington is ready to take on ISIS in Libya.
A meeting was held on Thursday between oava and the White House National Security Council (NSC) to discuss countering ISIS in Libya.
“The President emphasized that the United States will continue to counter ISIL terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary,” the White House said following the meeting.
“The President directed his national security team to continue efforts to strengthen governance and support ongoing counterterrorism efforts in Libya and other countries where ISIL (ISIS) has sought to establish a presence,” it added.
Washington is “developing options for what we might do in the future,” US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters in Washington, DC.
“We’re watching the situation very carefully, and there’s a lot going on there right now. But we haven’t made any decisions to take military action there,” he added.
“We’re looking to help them (the Libyans) get control over their own country and, of course, the United States will support the Libyan government when it forms,” he stated.
Libya descended into chaos following the NATO led removal of Colonel Gaddafi in 2011.
The once stable country has now effectively been balkanized with the emergence of ISIS controlling territory as two rival governments claim legitimacy. One is based in the capital of Tripoli and the other being based in Tobruk.