Black smoke billows in the sky above areas where clashes are taking place between pro-government forces and the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries in Benghazi, Libya August 15, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Libya's internationally recognized government, with strong backing from neighboring Egypt, Tuesday urged fellow Arab countries to provide arms to help it defeat a local ISIS affiliate and criticized the U.S.-led coalition for confining its efforts to Syria and Iraq.The Arab League pledged military support to help Libya's recognized government fight ISIS, but did not agree to a request for airstrikes.Egypt has targeted Libya's ISIS branch with airstrikes, including after the group killed 21 captive Egyptian Christians earlier this year."Libya is bleeding," Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammad al-Dairi told the gathering of resident diplomats. He warned that his ill-equipped government was unable to fight off ISIS, which he said was seeking to establish a base in Libya as it faces U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
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