ANTI-ISIS SIRTE CAMPAIGN STUCK IN CONFUSION
Libya’s UN-backed unity government called on Thursday 04/28/2016 on military factions to hold off from any campaign against the I.S.I.S-controlled city of Sirte until a unified military command structure is created. The unity government’s leadership, or Presidential Council, said on Thursday it welcomed the “push by various factions and armed forces to fight ISIS forces in Sirte”, but warned that an uncoordinated offensive could lead to civil war, admitting a total confusion in the battlefield . .
“In the absence of coordination and unified leadership … the Council expresses its concern that the battle in Sirte against Daesh (ISIS) will be a confrontation between those armed forces,” it said in a statement, adding such a conflict would likely benefit ISIS.
Islamic State has held Sirte since 2015, taking advantage of a conflict between loose alliances of armed brigades allied to Libya’s rival governments to seize a 250 km strip of coastline around the central Mediterranean city, which lies between the eastern and western power bases and also a base of operation against continental Europe .
Western European states did support in training and planning the anti-ISIS operations and are hoping the unity government, which arrived in Tripoli in mid 03/2016, will be able to make Libya’s armed factions work together against the Jihadi groups, led by ISIS.
USA has already conducted airstrikes against ISIS militants in Libya.
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