Britain could pursue military action in Libya next - ministers

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12th December 2015

Britain could launch military action in Libya next, Government sources warned the Daily Telegraph, as fears grow that the so-called Islamic State could use the north African country as a new Mediterranean stronghold.

Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence ministers said they were “extremely concerned” about the rapid rise enjoyed by Isis and other extremist groups in Libya after the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

According to the Daily Telegraph, ministers were looking into planning to send military support European allies to defeat the extremist group in Libya.

France has been sending spy planes over Libya to assess the scale of the threat posed from the country, which has fallen into chaos since its dictator, Col Muammar Gaddafi, was ousted with Western military backing in 2011.

The UN believes 2,000 to 3,000 fighters are operating there and Isil now controls a stretch of the Mediterranean coastline around the northern Libyan city of Sirte.