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    The United Kingdom has secretly deployed a group of special forces commandos to advise Libya on repelling the Daesh advance, Western officials and sources on the ground told British media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A "small number" of British advisers are said to be working "very much in the background" alongside US counterparts in Misrata, sources told The Telegraph daily late Saturday.

    US military operatives have reportedly begun "giving tactical training" to select local militias earlier, according to the daily.

    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.
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    Libya has been in a state of turmoil since the 2011 Arab Spring movement, which later led to a civil war and the overthrow of the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi.

    The instability in the country facilitated the emergence of numerous militant groups, particularly Daesh, which is outlawed in many countries, including the United States and Russia.

    US forces are known to carry out regular drone strikes against Daesh targets over Libya. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said this week President Barack Obama planned to address the terrorist organization’s advances in Libya with top military officials.

    Also this week, Libyan military officials said 15 French special forces members have been assisting national troops in fighting the extremists in Benghazi for two months.


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