Weapons needed to fight Islamic State’s Libyan port advance

Weapons needed to fight Islamic State’s Libyan port advance

The Petroleum Facilities Guard in Libya has urgently called for more armaments as it tries to fend off Islamic State forces who are close to taking over a couple of oil terminals in the war torn North African state.

“Battles in populated areas cannot be won by air power alone, ground forces are needed and we, once again, affirm that we can do it if weapons and ammunitions are made available,” said the PFG in an e-mailed statement addressed to the internationally recognised government, one of two administrations ruling the divided country.

Islamic State is fighting for control of two of the nation’s largest crude export facilities, Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, a pair of ports that have been under attack for much of the last nine months.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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