Egypt, Libya Create Operational Headquarters for Anti-Terrorist Airstrikes

Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed Mismari said that the Libyan National Army and the Egyptian Defense Ministry have created an operational headquarters to coordinate airstrikes against Al-Qaeda terrorist group.

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CAIRO (Sputnik) — The Libyan National Army and the Egyptian Defense Ministry have created an operational headquarters to coordinate airstrikes against Al-Qaeda terrorist group in eastern Libya, Libyan National Army spokesman Ahmed Mismari said Monday.

“The coordinated strikes of the Libyan and Egyptian air forces against terrorists are under the direct control of the head of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar, who is in the joint operational headquarters,” Mismari said as quoted by Sky News Arabia.

The Egyptian Air Force has been carrying out airstrikes against the positions of terrorists in eastern Libya in coordination with the Libyan Air Force since Friday, following the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt, which claimed the lives of at least 29 people.

The Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist organization has reportedly claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.

According to the Egyptian Armed Forces, the army attacked those terrorist targets, whose involvement in a recent attack on the bus with Christians in Egypt’s Minya province was confirmed.

Libyan Parliament Supports Egypt’s Airstrikes on Libya’s Territory

The Tobruk-based parliament of Libya fully supports Egypt’s decision to carry out airstrikes against the positions of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIL or Daesh, banned in Russia) on Libya’s territory, Abdallah Bilhaq, the spokesman of the Libyan parliament, told Sputnik on Sunday.

“For sure, we support these airstrikes and it is not for the first time. They are carried out in coordination with the Libyan armed forces and it is known that the town of Derna [where airstrikes took place] has been under siege of the Libyan armed forces for two years,” Bilhaq said.

On Friday, the Egyptian Air Force carried out six airstrikes against the positions of terrorists in eastern Libya following the attack on Coptic Christians, which claimed the lives of at least 29 people.

The spokesman added that he would not expect from Egypt any ground operations, since the Libyan army provided enough forces to block terrorists in Derna.

Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 overthrow of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. Over the past year, Libya has particularly suffered from Daesh attempts to make advances in the country.

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