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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    A Libyan militia group reportedly said Saturday it recaptured a strategic airbase south of Sirte from Daesh.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Gardabiya airbase, just 12 miles south of Daesh-controlled stronghold Sirte, was retaken on Saturday afternoon, according to the Libya Observer news website.

    Libya has been in a political and security vacuum since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising and the ouster of the North African nation’s long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    Years of instability created a political and security vacuum in the country that was filled by Islamist militants. Daesh forces gained a foothold on the Libyan coast by capturing the cities of Sirte and Derna.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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