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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    The only way to get rid of Daesh (Islamic State) in Libya is to support locals fighting against the terrorist organization on the ground, Jason Pack, a scholar who specializes in Libyan affairs, told Radio Sputnik.

    A couple of days ago, the United States conducted an airstrike targeting a terrorist training camp in the city of Sabratah that killed at least 49 people.

    Commenting on the airstrike, Pack, who runs the website Libya-Analysis.com, said airstrikes won't do anything to weaken the presence of Daesh in Libya.

    "I don't think that this aerial pin-prick approach is going to work. It's not going to help Libyans unite and take their country back, and it's not really going to materially weaken the Islamic State," Pack told Radio Sputnik.

    According to the expert, the only way to get rid of Daesh in Libya would be to help Libyans to organize their own fight against the jihadist group.

    "I think the only strategy that would work is to have committed locals who feel that the fight [against Daesh] is their own… the only strategy that makes sense is to work with different Libyan factions," Pack said.

    A view shows damage at the scene after an airstrike by U.S. warplanes against Islamic State in Sabratha, Libya in this February 19, 2016 handout picture
    © REUTERS / Sabratha municipality media office
    The political expert explained that the people of Libya need to understand that the fight against Daesh isn't a Western war, but it's the war of all Libyans against the terrorist organization. Libyans must understand that if they want to live in peace and their children to have education in the future, they need to stand up against the jihadist group.

    Libya has been in a state of turmoil since the ousting and subsequent murder of the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Daesh forces were able to seize a pocket of Libyan territory in Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte in November 2014.

    According to the Pentagon's estimates, there may now be over 6,000 Daesh fighters in the country, with their numbers having doubled over the last six months.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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