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On Tuesday, the U.S. announced that it will step up air strikes in Libya in a renewed effort to combat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
With the terrorist group carrying out and inspiring attacks around the world, President Obama said at a press conference in Singapore earlier this week that the new strikes answer a call for help from Libya's precarious government.
"It is in America's national security interest in our fight against ISIL," he explained. "We're working in partnership with [the Libyan government] to assure that ISIL does not get a stronghold in Libya, even as Libya begins what is going to be a long process to establish a functioning government.”
The new strikes may also allow the U.S. to correct mistakes from its 2011 mission in Libya, which took out Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, but left a massive power void that gave ISIS lots of room to grow.