Islamic State: Egypt Calls For War Against IS To Include Libya
Egypt has called for a widening of the war against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group to include Libya, after militants released a video apparently showing them beheading 21 Egyptian Christians.
In response to the brutal killings, Egypt launched a series of air strikes it said targeted IS positions in Libya.
Now it wants the United States-led coalition targeting the militant group in Iraq and Syria – which includes Australia – to expand its mission into Libya.
In a little village of El-Oar, near the Nile, about 200 kilometres south of Cairo, Coptic Christians are mourning the deaths of 13 of the 21 men beheaded by the IS affiliate group.
“This is a criminal act perpetrated by people who are barbaric,” priest Father Tawadros said.
“They have no humanity. They do not belong to religions of the sky or religions of the earth. They’re not humans. They’re monsters.”
It is the latest incident showcasing IS’s brutality and the way the Syrian conflict has fed instability elsewhere, which now threatens to open up a new front in the US-led war against the extremists.
YouTube: Egyptian jets take off to strike IS in Libya
In Cairo, Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, offered condolences to the Coptic Pope Tawadros II.
He also gave a televised speech, promising to avenge the victims, who were among more than 1.5 million Egyptians who had gone to Libya to find work.
State TV had already broadcast images of the war planes taking off to bomb what it said were IS targets in Libya.
And it followed up with more images, replete with martial music and chants of “God is great”, showing the bombs hitting their targets.