Libyan army: We need arms not ground troops, for now

Ahmed Eleiba , Tuesday 17 Feb 2015

Libyan armed forces spokesperson rules out foreign ground operations against Islamic state militants in Libya

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Members of Libyan pro-government forces, backed by locals, stand beside a tank at a rally point during nearby clashes with the Shura Council of Libyan Revolutionaries, an alliance of former anti-Gaddafi rebels who have joined forces with Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, in Benghazi February 9, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Dozens of militants were killed in airstrikes conducted in Libya early Monday, Ahmed Al-Mosmari, the official spokesperson for Libya's armed forces, told Ahram Online.

"At least 60 militant fighters have been killed in the airstrikes conducted in Libya since early Monday, among them 12 foreign fighters," Colonel Al-Mosmari said. 

Al-Mosmari ruled out the need for foreign ground operations against the Islamist militants at the current time. 

"This is the job of the Libyan armed forces currently, what we need now is support from other countries, including arms support," he told Ahram Online. 

According to Al-Mosmari all scenarios for combating Islamic State militants in Libya are currently on the table for discussion. 

The Egyptian army announced in a statement on Monday it had conducted air strikes against Islamic State targets in Libya, including training camps and arms depots in the eastern city of Derna. 

Libyan Air Force Chief of Staff Saqr Al-Geroushi said on Monday that the Egyptian air strikes took place in coordination with the Libyan army and that they destroyed a training camp, weaponry, and a house that contained anti-aircraft missiles belonging to the Islamic State.


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