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    London has not yet decided whether to deploy 1,000 troops to Libya to defend against jihadists, Amy Grant, communications officer for the UK Ministry of Defenсe, told Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Svetlana Alexandrova — Media reports emerged earlier on Monday, suggesting that the US and UK authorities have been piling pressure on Libya to take in 1,000 British troops to bolster its defenses against Daesh jihadist militants, a group outlawed in many countries including the United States and Russia.

    "No. I’m saying that no decisions have been made either way," Grant said, when asked to confirm or deny the media reports.

    Libya has been mired in a civil war since the overthrow of its long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The resulting power vacuum enabled numerous militant groups to rise to power around the country, particularly Daesh, which has been carrying out attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure.

    London and Washington have been sending military attaches and diplomats to find allies among Libya’s rival governments and militia forces who would agree to receive assistance from British troops in the fight against the estimated 3,000 Daesh militants in the country, according to media reports.


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