Gaddafi loyalists join West in battle to push Islamic State from Libya

Former henchmen of Colonel Gaddafi are being recruited to join the Western-backed battle to drive the Islamic State from Libya, the Telegraph has learned.

Commanders who fought on Gaddafi’s side during the revolution in 2011 have signed up to a coalition now gearing up to push Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) from his home city of Sirte.

The commanders – some of whom fled Libya after the revolution – see the move as a chance to redeem themselves in the eyes of their fellow countrymen.