Libya has been grappling with violence and political uncertainty since the oil-rich country’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and later killed in 2011.
Foreign-backed terrorists have since exploited the chaos in Libya and seized parts of Sirte, a city on the country’s Mediterranean coast. Over the last few weeks they have been launching attacks against oil facilities spread out along the country’s coast.
In response, the United States says it is considering possible ‘military options’ against the growing presence of Daesh in Libya.
The Pentagon says the Takfiri terrorist group’s ‘metastasis’ from Syria and Iraq to Libya and its increasing influence in the North African country is a ‘significant concern.’ But what will this latest campaign mean for Libya and the rest of the region?