U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry , center, , Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni , left, and U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler attend the ministerial meeting on Libya in Vienna, Austria, Monday May 16, 2016. (Leonhard Foeger/Pool Photo via AP)
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Major powers including the U.S. discussed in Vienna Monday the growing threat posed by ISIS in conflict-wracked Libya, just across the Mediterranean from Europe.In a bid to stabilize the country, the fledgling regime of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has drawn up a list of requests for Western partners to assist its forces with arms, training and intelligence.Amid the chaos, ISIS has carved itself a bastion in Libya where it overran last year the Mediterranean coastal city of Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown, transforming it into a training camp for militants.A senior U.S. administration official told AFP that Libya's international partners were willing to help if the GNA presented a "detailed and coherent list" of what it needs to fight ISIS.Libya's divisions have once again deepened in recent days, with the GNA and Haftar's forces each announcing their own plans to fight ISIS and "liberate" Sirte.ISIS is estimated to have around 5,000 fighters in Libya, and it is trying to enlist hundreds more.
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