Libya’s Tripoli-based government, which leads one of two warring factions, has ordered its forces to withdraw from bases near major oil ports to fight Islamic State militants in the central city of Sirte, a Tripoli lawmaker said Saturday.

The withdrawal may at some point result in the reopening of ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, both of which closed in December as both sides battled for their control.

Militants loyal to the Islamic State group have expanded in Libya, exploiting the security vacuum left by fighting between different parties since an uprising toppled Moammar Gadhafi¬† in 2011. […]