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Obama says will try to block Islamic State from 'digging in' in Libya
February 16, 2016 / 10:44 PM / 2 years ago

Obama says will try to block Islamic State from 'digging in' in Libya

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Rancho Mirage, California February 16, 2016. Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the United States will continue to try to prevent Islamic State from establishing a foothold in Libya, where political instability has created an opening for the militant group.

“We will continue to take actions where we’ve got a clear operation and a clear target in mind,” Obama said at a news conference in California. He said the United States will work with coalition partners to make sure that “as we see opportunities to prevent ISIS from digging in in Libya, we take them.”

Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Eric Beech

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