Egypt’s al-Sisi wants a UN-backed coalition on Libya

CAIRO – Egypt’s president says a UN-backed coalition to rid Libya of Islamic militants is the best option.

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, speaking to France’s Europe 1 Radio in an interview aired Tuesday, says that Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State group positions in Libya were in self-defense. Al-Sisi, a general-turned-politician, tells the radio channel: “We will not allow them to cut off the heads of our children.” Asked whether he wanted to see a UN-backed coalition for Libya, he said: “I think there is no choice.” Egypt’s airstrikes on Monday were in retaliation for the mass beheading on a beach of Egyptian Coptic Christians. A video of the killings was released by the Islamic State late Sunday.



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