Libya has not done much to help the cause of strengthening ties with the United States. When US special operators arrived at an air base to assist an “allied” militia, the Americans were threatened and sent away. Situations like this are making the job of finding new allies a difficult task for the US and Europe.

New York Times – January 18, 2016

TRIPOLI, Libya — The US Special Operations forces expected a warm welcome when they landed at the Libyan air base where an allied militia was stationed. Instead, armed men from another militia at the base threatened to detain the commandos, forcing the Americans to flee.

The episode, on Dec. 14, highlighted the difficulties faced by the Obama administration as it engages in a search across Libya to find armed groups that can act as a ground force against the country’s increasingly potent branch of the Islamic State.