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    US to Increase Special Operations in Libya to Fight Daesh

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    John McCain said that the United States will increasingly have to deploy Special Operations forces to Libya to combat Daesh and other militant groups establishing a stronghold in the country.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States will increasingly have to deploy Special Operations forces to Libya to combat Daesh and other militant groups establishing a stronghold in the country, US Senator John McCain told Sputnik.

    "They are going to have to fight in Libya, they know that… they’re already there," McCain said on Wednesday of US Special Operations forces.

    US forces will most likely be deployed to Libya "in the same incrementalism that [the Obama administration] has been practising, which in the long-run doesn’t work."

    In a testimony on Wednesday, a nominee to head the US Special Operations Command, General Raymond Thomas, noted that the Islamic State in Libya poses the "greatest risk" to US coalition partners and European countries as a result of its strong organization and resource base along Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

    The Obama administration has come under increasing pressure to send additional special forces to Libya, following recent gains made by the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, in Northern Africa.

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