Libyans gather next to debris at the site of a jihadist training camp, targeted in a US air strike, near the Libyan city of Sabratha on February 19, 2016. AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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Libya is rapidly turning into a new front in the fight against ISIS, which is heavily recruiting militants from abroad and trying to exploit years of chaos to expand its foothold in the oil-rich North African nation.ISIS has so far been unable to take over large parts of Libya as it did in Syria and Iraq -- and the Libyan branch has suffered some setbacks in the past year.After Gadhafi, Libya's military collapsed and the country fragmented, carved up by powerful militias. There are two governments: One, based in in the capital, Tripoli, is dominated by Islamists and backed by a coalition of militias known as Libya Dawn. In a sign of how convoluted Libya's civil war has become, some militias backing the Tripoli government have been fighting ISIS group outside Sirte, while others have allied with the jihadis to fight Hifter's pro-Tobruk forces for control of Libya's second-largest city, Benghazi.On the map of Libya, ISIS's physical presence is limited.ISIS expanded into Libya in late 2014, seizing Darna, then Sirte.
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