UN envoy: Libya needs united force to fight ISIS

May 31, 2016 14:18

PARIS - The United Nations special envoy to Libya said on Tuesday the country would not be able to defeat Islamic State militants unless the various military and militia strands joined forces against the group.

The December unity deal was meant to end the divide between rival governments in the capital Tripoli and the east who have vied for control over the country and its oil resources since 2014. The competing factions helped oust Muammar Gaddafi five years ago.

But in a sign of a possible new showdown, eastern and western factions have sent separate armored columns towards Gaddafi's home town Sirte, now in the hands of fighters from Islamic State.

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