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Egypt calls on anti-IS coalition to intervene in Libya

The US-led alliance has previously launched military action against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq, but not in Libya
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An F/A-18E Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31, and an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against ISIL targets, in the Arabian Gulf in this U.S. Navy handout photograph provided September 23, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
 
An aide to Egypt’s foreign minister has called on the US-led international coalition against Islamic State (IS) to intervene against the militant group in Libya, as it has previously done in Syria and Iraq.

Ambassador Abdel-Rahman Salah said that “terrorism should be dealt with comprehensively wherever it exists”, according to a foreign ministry statement issued on Thursday.

Salah, who took part in a meeting with the anti-IS alliance in Jordan on Wednesday, said that any military action against the militant group should aim to crush it, not merely force it to move its base of operations.

Since last summer, the anti-IS alliance have launched airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq, but not in Libya.

Over the last months, IS has emerged as a participant in the Libyan conflict, as two rival governments – one internationally recognised in Al-Bayda, the other Islamist in Tripoli – and their allied militias continue to fight for control of the country.

In mid-February, Egypt launched air strikes on IS group targets in Libya’s Derna in cooperation with the Libyan army, in response to IS publishing a video of the beheading of 20 Coptic Egyptians, allegedly near Tripoli.

Egypt has also pushed for a Security Council resolution to lift a four-year arms embargo on the internationally-backed Libyan government, so that it can fight IS militants.

Israel Jet Strike Weapons Depots in Libya

IAF F-16

IAF F-16

Arab news sources reported at week’s end that an unidentified jet believed to be Israeli destroyed warehouses in southern Libya that held weapons bought by Iran for Hamas.

According to the reports in Al Watan and other news outlets, the warehouses were completely destroyed. The weapons that were inside them had allegedly been purchased by Iran, by means of weapons dealers in Sudan and Chad, and were supposed to be smuggled to Hamas through Egypt, by means of the smuggling tunnels between Sinai ands Gaza.

The destruction of the weapons stores in southern Libya was carried out in coordination with the Egyptian security and intelligence apparatuses, the reports claimed.

Al Watan added that Egypt allowed the Israeli jet to pass through its airspace en route to southern Libya.