Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni speaks during an interview with Reuters in Bayda February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Libya's internationally recognized prime minister called for the West to launch airstrikes to defeat ISIS who control Tripoli and have driven his government out of the capital.Speaking hours before Egypt bombed ISIS targets in Libya in retaliation after militants said they had beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani made a plea for Western military intervention in a country rapidly slipping into chaos.Thani, the internationally recognized premier, has been based in the east of the country since an armed group called Libya Dawn seized the capital in August.Egypt's military, joined by jets from Libya's own air forces, bombed ISIS targets inside Libya Monday, a day after fighters proclaiming allegiance to the group released a video showing what they described as the beheading of 21 Egyptians captured in Libya.With Libya divided by two governments, the United Nations has been mediating to avert full-blown civil war.The air force of autonomous general Khalifa Haftar allied to Thani has bombed targets in western Libya.
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