Countries gather to discuss on how to stop DAESH in Libya

World powers will come together to plan their fight against DAESH in Syria and Iraq and how to stop its rise in Libya

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French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, centre, gestures next to German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, left, and US Defence Secretary Ash Carter after posing for a picture during a meeting at the French Defence Ministry in Paris, Wednesday, Ja

World powers will gather in Rome on Tuesday to talk over a new plan related to fighting against DAESH terror organisation in Iraq and Syria and how to stop DAESH advance into Libya.

Twenty-three countries from the Global Coalition to Counter DAESH will discuss their strategies to retake Syrian and Iraqi areas from DAESH and talk over alternative solutions to cut DAESH’s influence in Libya, officials stated.

The meeting will have discussions on stabilising places like the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which has been recaptured from DAESH, as well as undermining its finances, preventing the joining of foreign volunteers to the terror organisation, officials said.

A senior US official indicated, "Where they control territory is where ... it gets on our radar screen," he told reporters, underlining the terrorists were advancing to seize parts of Libya.

Although the countries focus will be on Libya, Syria and Iraq stay as the main theatres of action against DAESH.

Libya suffers from turmoil as it is currently divided between two parliaments with the General National Council (GNC) administering the country’s capital, Tripoli, and the rival House of Representatives being located in Tobruk.

Libya has seen the deadliest clashes in years, since the fall of autocrat Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, who was killed amid a NATO-backed military campaign to remove him from power. After his fall, the country was dragged into a civil war.

Terrorist and militant organisations established a foothold in the country by taking advantage of the chaos.

Libya’s Sirte and Darnah Provinces reportedly represent DAESH’s two main strongholds.

TRTWorld and agencies