Gloom but also hope for Libya five years after uprising

Libyans take part in celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of the Libyan revolution which toppled strongman Moamer Kadhafi, at Martyrs' Square in the capital Tripoli, on February 15, 2016The Islamic State (IS) group has exploited the chaos engulfing the oil-rich North African nation since the 2011 revolution to gain a foothold and expand its influence. “The Islamic State likely sees Libya as the most favourable country in which to establish a regional hub of its caliphate,” Ludovico Carlino of the IHS Jane’s think-tank said. With a port and airport, there are growing fears that IS — which seized large parts of Syria and Iraq in 2014 — may try to use Sirte as a base from which to attack Europe.

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