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US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya

White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Earnest discussed that the number of Islamic State group fighters has dropped in Iraq and Syria, but is rising in Libya, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe — particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.

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