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Eliminating Daesh's (ISIS) presence in Libya is just one of many goals that Libyans share with the international community and which could be the building block for a long and productive relationship.As such, anxiety over the estimated 5,000 Daesh fighters in Libya, its base in Sirte, and its potential to expand in number and territory is dictating the international community's Libya policy.It puts the project of Libyan national unity at risk and is likely to foment discord between Libya and its foreign partners – two outcomes that would actually hinder a comprehensive anti-Daesh strategy.Originally the international community's collective policy goal for Libya was to end the postrevolutionary political factionalism that had resulted in a messy civil war and two competing governments.On March 14, the U.N. Security Council reaffirmed the international community's support for the GNA in Resolution 2273, which also renewed the mandate of its support mission in Libya, and the EU deployed sanctions against three Libyan individuals who were among the most vocal opponents to the GNA.As such, it is an increasingly shaky foundation on which to build international policy toward Libya.The British ambassador to Libya, Peter Millett, has indicated that the GNA will be given special exemption from the current U.N. arms embargo on Libya.
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