Egypt Seeks U.N. Support To Combat ISIS In Libya

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Egypt's president says that creating a U.N.-backed coalition is the best course of action to try to rid Libya of Islamic extremists.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio, said Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State group positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense.

Monday's attacks were in retaliation for the mass beheading of a group of Egyptian Coptic Christians. A video of the killings was released by the Islamic State late Sunday.

The BBC's Ahmed Zaki joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson with details.

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  • Ahmed Zaki, correspondent for BBC Global News in London. He tweets @AhmedZakiBBC.

This segment aired on February 17, 2015.


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