Libya

Obama, Italy's Mattarella discuss fight against Islamic State in Libya

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WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama and Italian President Sergio Mattarella met on Monday in the White House and discussed efforts to work together to combat the Islamic State in Libya.

Libya forces say conduct strikes on Islamic State in Derna, plane crashes 4:48pm GMT

BENGHAZI, Libya Forces allied to Libya's eastern government carried out air strikes on Islamic State militant areas of Derna city, but an aircraft later crashed because of mechanical failure, a spokesman said on Monday.

Air strike kills mother and child in Libya's Derna - witness 07 Feb 2016

BENGHAZI, Libya Unidentified aircraft attacked the Libyan city of Derna early on Sunday, killing at least four people including a woman and her child, a witness said.

Tunisia finishes Libya border fence intended to keep out militants 06 Feb 2016

SABKEHT ALYUN, Tunisia Tunisia has completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install electronic monitoring systems, Defence Minister Farhat Hachani said on Saturday.

Despite Libya urgency, hurdles to quick action against Islamic State 05 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON The United States and its allies are probably many weeks or even months away from launching a new military campaign against Islamic State in Libya, despite mounting concern about the group's spread there and its attacks on oil infrastructure, U.S. officials say.

Heavy clashes in southeast Libya, 30 killed 05 Feb 2016

Two days of clashes in southeastern Libya between a local armed faction and Sudanese fighters have left more than 30 people dead, a local mayor said on Friday.

U.S. will take action against Islamic State threat in Libya if needed - White House 03 Feb 2016

CATONSVILLE, Md. U.S. President Barack Obama will continue to be updated on the risks of the spread of Islamic State to Libya and the United States will take action in the North African country to counter that threat if necessary, the White House said on Wednesday.

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IS pushed back in Iraq, Syria, but a threat in Libya - Kerry 02 Feb 2016

ROME An international coalition is pushing back Islamic State militants in their Syrian and Iraqi strongholds, but the group is threatening Libya and could seize the nation's oil wealth, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

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Britain rules out sending combat troops to Libya 02 Feb 2016

ROME Britain does not plan to deploy combat troops in Libya but will instead seek to give strategic and intelligence support to its new government, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday.

U.S. will act on any threat from Libya - U.S. official 01 Feb 2016

ROME The United States would not hesitate to act upon any perceived threat towards it from Libya, but would bring other parties in to discussion on any broader action, a senior State Department official said on Monday.