Will Obama Bomb ISIS in Libya?
An interesting, investigative Newsweek article appeared on 5 February presenting information on current US special operations in Libya outlines the concern of US and allied governments toward ISIS activity. The piece describes the actions of US commandos in gathering tactical evidence, conducting frequent flights from the Italian airbase Pantelleria to Libyan air bases, and holding meetings with local Libyan anti-ISIS militias. Despite current initiatives, the Obama administration has not yet called for any direct military action. Pentagon and military officials suggest that the US will likely pursue a two-pronged approach consisting of targeted anti-jihadi airstrikes and support for a unity government that the US could then provide military aid to. However, during these deliberations and preparations, ISIS continues to threaten the security of Libya, Europe, and Africa. The key insight is that the Pentagon is pushing for more action – airstrikes and training loyal militias – while the Obama administration is wisely more reticent.
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