The Arab League endorsed a call by Libya’s internationally backed government for fellow Arab states to directly arm its military as it faces a renewed assault by the extremist group Islamic State.

However, the 22-nation alliance did not pledge any immediate assistance.

“There is an urgent need to swiftly put into place an Arab strategy that includes military assistance to Libya in confronting” Islamic State, the Arab League said.

Since the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, the country has been mired in political turmoil that has resulted in the nation being divided between two rival governments. Only one of those governments, which is based in the eastern city of Tobruk, is recognized by global powers while the rival administration in the capital Tripoli is not. […]