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In Libya, the West Heeds the Call of Intervention

Jan 19, 2016 | 09:15 GMT
In Libya, the West Heeds the Call of Intervention
Members of forces loyal to the General National Congress prepare for battle against the Islamic State near Sirte in 2015.
(MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Though the fight against the Islamic State has many theaters, the front line of the conflict was drawn years ago in Syria and Iraq, devoid as they were of governments that could effectively control the whole of their respective territories. But as the Islamic State loses ground in Syria and Iraq, the group has found a home in a country arguably as bereft of central authority and that may be the object of international military intervention in the coming weeks. That country is Libya, which is now home to as many as 5,000 militants loyal to the Islamic State....

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