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    Germany to Discuss Issue of Libya Deployment 'After Unity Gov't Formed'

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    The issue of a possible German deployment to Libya is not under consideration until a unity government is formed in the country, Press Center of the German Defense Ministry told Sputnik on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Alexander Mosesov — On Wednesday, US Department of Defense spokesman Peter Cook told reporters the Pentagon was considering deploying military forces, including ground troops, in Libya.

    "There are currently no concrete considerations whether and to what extent the Bundeswehr would take part in a possible mission in Libya. Anyway, this issue will stay off the table until the competing parties in Libya have succeeded in forming a unity government and essentially stabilizing the country. Now is the time for diplomatic negotiations," the press center said.

    On Thursday, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated that a final decision on sending military forces to Libya to combat inroads by Daesh there was not made yet.

    Following the 2011 Arab Spring movement, Libya has remained in a state of turmoil for years, which has led to a civil war and the overthrow of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    Amid the instability, Daesh alongside other militant groups has been gaining a foothold in the country, carrying out attacks on Libya’s oil infrastructure.

    Daesh, is a terrorist group outlawed in many countries around the world, including the United States and Russia. The group has seized large areas in Syria and Iraq and declared a caliphate on territories under its control.


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