Britain hails US air raids on ISIS in Libya’s Sirte

  • Libyan Express |
  • Thursday 4 August 2016


The British Minister of Middle East and Africa Affairs, Tobias Ellwood, said his country welcomes the steps taken by the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayz Al-Serraj, toward the fight agaisnt ISIS terrorists in Sirte.

“We hail the positive steps taken by the Libyan people to eradicate ISIS militants from their homeland and the request of the GNA for the US to carry out air raids on ISIS in Sirte.” Ellwood indicated.

Britain is always ready to help and support the GNA in its strife for regaining stability and security in the country and uprooting the radical groups of ISIS, he added.

The Pentagon said on Monday that US warplanes carried out about two airstrikes on ISIS in Sirte, Libya, upon the request of Libya’s Government of National Accord.

To the same end, the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, addressed the Libyan people on Monday saying his government had requested military assistance from the US to help eradicate ISIS from Sirte.

US President, Barack Obama, said on Tuesday it is in the U.S. national security interest to support Libya’s emerging government’s fight against Islamic State, a day after his administration said it launched air attacks there.

The airstrikes were undertaken to make sure that Libyan forces were able to finish the job of fighting the radical militant group and to increase stability there, Obama said.

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