Obama vows to counter ISIS in Libya

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Barack Obama on Thursday said the United States would tackle the Islamic State group beyond Iraq and Syria if necessary, as he signaled an increased focus on Libya. Amid fears that a power vacuum in the North African nation has provided fertile ground for Islamic State to grow, Obama convened his National Security Council to discuss the issue. Libya has been in political turmoil and rocked by violence since the ouster of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi in a 2011 revolution. It now has two governments and parliaments, with the recognized authorities based in the eastern city of Tobruk and a militia-backed authority in Tripoli.

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