Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi opened the door to a UN-sanctioned peacekeeping mission in Libya should negotiations fail. It is unclear what impact, if any, will this week’s terrorist attack in Paris have over France’s already pro-active policy in Libya.

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Fighting continues unabated in Benghazi. Although Operation Dignity forces continue to claim victories in the Laithi district, a long-time Ansar al-Shari’a stronghold, Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC) forces appear to have strengthened their military capabilities in the past weeks and a BRSC defeat in its home turf seems unlikely.

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