Libya seeks military intervention

The Islamic State militants who control the Libyan city of Surtare resorting to mass beheadings, public crucifixions and other stark displays of brutality as they seek to crush an insurrection, the foreign minister of Libya’s internationally recognized government said Tuesday at a meeting of Arab diplomats here. The foreign minister, Mohamed el-Dayri, cited the violence in an appeal to the member states of the Arab League for military intervention against the group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. “Can Libyans now stop this flood in Surt represented by the Islamic State? I say the answer is no,” Mr. Dayri told the assembled Arab delegates in Cairo, arguing that a weapons embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council at the start of the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi five years ago was now depriving the recognized government of “the most basic needs” in weaponry. “There is a siege on the Libyan Army and its children and its capabilities,” Mr. Dayri said, “by not equipping it to achieve the necessary triumph over this black darkness.”

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