30 Jan '16, 9pm

Obama looks to expand fight against militants in Libya - The Straits Times

Obama looks to expand fight against militants in Libya - The Straits Times

WASHINGTON • United States President Barack Obama has asked key advisers to draw up options for ratcheting up the fight against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group, including opening a new front in Libya. Eighteen months after a US-led coalition began air strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, administration sources said that the White House wants to speed up and broaden the effort. Efforts will deepen to retake Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, and to check the militants' growth in Afghanistan. But there is an increasing focus on Libya. Potential options are said to range from intensified air strikes to participation in a United Nations-backed ground force that would help take on Libya's estimated 3,000 ISIS fighters. The US Defence Department "stands ready to perform the full spectrum of military operations as required", spokesman Michelle Baldanza said....

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