US wants to arm Libyan government
16 May 2016
- From the section Africa
The US and other world powers have said they are ready to arm Libya’s UN-backed unity government to help it fight the self-styled Islamic State (IS) group.
Speaking in Vienna, US Secretary of State John Kerry said world powers would back Libya in seeking exemption from a UN arms embargo.
He said IS was a “new threat” to Libya and it was “imperative” it was stopped.
Last month, the Libyan government warned that IS could seize most of the country if it was not stopped soon.
The North African country has been in chaos since Nato-backed forces overthrew long-time ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011.
Until recently it had two rival governments competing for power, and there are still hundreds of militias, some allied to IS.
Western nations hope the unity government will take on IS, which has a foothold in Sirte – the home town of Gaddafi.
The militant group has launched a series of suicide bombings and attacks on oil facilities in the country.
Source: BBC World