Despite the growing threat from the self-proclaimedIslamic Statein Libya, theObama administrationhas turned down a U.S. militaryplan for an assault on ISIS’s regional hub there,three defense officials told The Daily Beast.
In recent weeks, the U.S. military—led by its Africa and Special Operations Commands—have pushed for more airstrikes and the deployment of elite troops, particularly in the city ofSirte. The hometown of former Libyan leaderMuammar Gaddafi, the city is now under ISIS control and serving as a regional epicenter for the terror group.
The airstrikes would target ISIS resources while a small band of Special Operations Forces would train Libyans to eventually be members of a national army, the officials said.
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