Libya may ask Russia to carry out strikes against ISIS


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

21st December, 2015


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Libya may ask Russia to carry out air strikes on militant positions of the “Islamic State” (IS), but only after the formation of a national unity government. This was stated on Monday 21st December, according to the Minister of foreign Affairs of the government in Tripoli, to RIA Novosti.

After the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the civil war that erupted afterwards, the country now has two governments, who were democratically elected , recognized by the international community, working in Tobruk, with GNC Islamist being in Tripoli. On December 17th, the parties, via mediation of the UN, signed an agreement on the establishment of a national unity government.

From August 2014, positions of the IS in Syria were dealt air strikes by the coalition from 65 countries led by the United States. Russia and alliances have, from 30 September 2015, provided some air support to aid the army of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “Islamic State” is prohibited in Russia, a terrorist group that in 2014 occupied part of the territory of Syria and Iraq and proclaimed there a Caliphate.

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