Libya’s Unity Government Asks Warplanes, Helicopters

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Libya's Unity Government Asks Warplanes, Helicopters

UN special envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon AFP PHOTO / FADEL SENNA

Libya’s unity government is asking warplanes, helicopters and other weaponry to oppose ISIS in the country. Deputy Prime Minister of the unity government, Musa al-Kony made this statement on May 17.

The unity government is attempting to get the support for selectively lifting the U.N. arms embargo in place for Libya.  The government argues that as the country’s internationally recognized government has to be exempt from weapons shipments restrictions. According to al-Kony, warplanes are a top priority for the government.

On May 17, some U.N. Security Council member states, including the US, said they would back a resolution allowing for arms shipments to the unity government. Global powers are concerned with the ISIS’ expansion in Libya.

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