Rome meeting reveals several countries contemplating action against Islamic State in Libya
Officials from 23 different countries are meeting in Rome to review the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) in Syria, Iraq and also In Libya.
|In Libya the Islamic State has a base in the city of Sirte and along the coast east and west of the city. It has even attacked the oil facilities at Ras Lanuf and El Sidra as well as blowing up a pipeline recently. It has also launched devastating suicide attacks. John Kerry, the US Secretary of State said at the Rome conference:|
"In Libya, we are on the brink of getting a government of national unity. That country has resources. The last thing in the world you want is a false caliphate with access to billions of dollars of oil revenue."Actually, IS has not occupied any of the oil export ports but attacks them and set oil tanks on fire, and has also blown up pipelines. This hardly is a way of generating revenue. Their strategy is to prevent their enemies from gaining oil revenue rather than seeking it themselves. Kerry notes that the U.S.-led coalition mounting airstrikes on the Islamic State still have not achieved victory while "Daesh," as he calls the Islamic State, is being created and gaining a foothold in other countries such as Libya. He might have mentioned Yemen and Afghanistan as other countries where the Islamic State is beginning to operate.