Obama authorised Libya airstrikes at Carter's recommendation

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (KUNA) — The US airstrikes on Sirte, Libya, announced on Monday were authorized by President Barack Obama at the recommendation of Defense Secretary Ash Carter, a US official said.
“We’ve seen GNA (Libya’s Government of National Accord) affiliated forces on the ground in Libya recaptured territory from ISIL (the so-called Islamic State) recently, and these strikes were intended to help support those forces as they continue to make progress,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One.
Schultz said the move runs consistently with the US “overall approach” on the IS group, adding that based on Pentagon figures anti-IS coalition forces have recaptured from the group about 50 percent of its territory in Iraq and about 25 percent in Syria.
“But we’ve always been clear that the threat posed by ISIL (IS) extends beyond those two countries (Iraq and Syria),” he said. (end) sd.bs