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Tree Trunks, Concrete Block IS Return to Libya's Derna

Seven months after driving the Islamic State group out of Libya's Derna, militia fighters have blocked roads into the coastal city with tree trunks and concrete blocks to prevent their return.

IS took advantage of the chaos in Libya after the 2011 revolution to spread its influence in the oil-rich country, which has had two rival administrations since mid-2014.

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Local IS Chief Captured in Western Libya

A local chief of the Islamic State jihadist group and two aides have been captured in a city near Libya's capital, according to the Tripoli-based government which is not internationally recognized.

The Tripoli interior ministry's special forces unit, on its Facebook page, said the IS "emir" for Sabratha, Mohamed Saad al-Tajuri, also known as Abu Sleiman, was seized in the city, 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital.

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100 Libya MPs Back Unity Government, Demand New Vote

A majority of lawmakers from Libya's internationally recognized parliament said Wednesday that they supported a U.N.-backed unity government but had faced intimidation before a confidence vote.

The parliament, located in the eastern town of Tobruk, was unable to hold the vote on Tuesday for the new government line-up because it lacked a quorum.

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Report: French Special Forces in Libya

French special forces have been deployed in Libya to fight the Islamic State group, France's Le Monde reported Wednesday -- triggering an official probe into a possible leak of classified information.

Le Monde said special forces and members of the DGSE external security service were present in Libya for "clandestine operations" against IS jihadists, thought to number several thousand in the chaos-scarred country.

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Libya Forces Seize Key Central Area of Benghazi from Jihadists

Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government seized a key central neighborhood of second city Benghazi from Islamist militias on Tuesday, the military said.

The advance came as Libya's parliament again failed to vote on a U.N.-backed unity government seen as a crucial step in ending years of political chaos and conflict in the North African state.

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Lack of Quorum Scuppers Libya Confidence Vote

Libya's internationally recognized parliament was unable to hold a vote of confidence in the U.N.-backed unity government Tuesday because it lacked a quorum, amid concerns over increasing jihadist expansion.

"The required quorum (89 members of parliament) was not reached, so the president of the chamber adjourned the session," MP Mohamed al-Abbani told AFP.

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Libyans Celebrate Five Years since Gadhafi's Fall despite Setbacks

In Tripoli's Martyrs' Square, Khalifa, his wife and three daughters waved Libya's flag as a crowd celebrated five years since the start of the revolution that toppled Moammar Gadhafi, despite the country's continued chaos.

"We love this revolution and we love this freedom! We were slaves to Gadhafi's regime for 42 years," he said, his daughters beside him wearing red, black and green hats.

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Libya MPs Postpone Vote on New Unity Government

Libya's internationally recognized parliament decided Tuesday to postpone for seven days a vote on a government of national unity despite growing international concern over jihadist expansion.

"One hundred and eighteen members of parliament met today and decided to give the government chief until Saturday to present his cabinet line-up" to MPs, parliamentarian Aicha al-Aqouri told AFP.

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Tunisia Prepares for Impact of Possible Intervention in Libya

Tunisia said Friday that it was asking its regional authorities to work on a plan to cope with the fallout of a possible foreign military intervention in neighboring war-torn Libya.

In 2011, hundreds of thousands of people fled from Libya to Tunisia -- a country of around 11 million -- to escape fighting that led to the fall of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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Libya Unity Govt. Bid Hits Snag over Defense Portfolio

Efforts to hammer out a Libyan unity government are stumbling over the defense portfolio, an official said Wednesday, as the internationally recognized parliament set a new deadline for a line-up.

Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 ouster of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with two rival administrations and armed groups fighting for control of the oil-rich country.

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