Time: 9:48 p.m. CEST
The United States airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Libya continue on Tuesday, as President Barack Obama authorized the Pentagon for a new military action against Islamic State militants in Libya.
The government in Libya, which is internationally supported called for a help inside the city of Sirte. Obama said on Tuesday during the news conference at the White House with the prime minister of Singapore that the airstrikes would continue until assurance that, “ISIL does not get a stronghold in Libya.”
Obama stressed his regret that conditions in Libya deteriorated since the NATO-led bombing to end the Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. “I think that all of us collectively were not sufficiently attentive to what had to happen the day after and the day after and the day after that in order to ensure that there were strong structures in place to assure basic security and peace inside of Libya,”Obama explained.
The strikes are needed to ensure that Libya’s fragile new Government of National Accord is “able to finish the job” and drive the militants out of the troubled North African country, Obama added.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Captain Jeff Davis explained the U.S. started airstrikes on five locations in Sirte on Monday and two on Tuesday. Davis said, “the precision bombing, he said, has enabled the U.S. to take out militants that had blocked the Libya fighters from pushing further into Sirte’s center city.” Pentagon thinks the operation would last only several weeks.
The number of Islamic State militants decreased from 6.000 to some hundreds, even though the group tried to establish its territory inside Libya.