The Egyptian air force bombed Islamic State (ISIS) training sites and weapon depots in Libya Monday morning, the regime’s military said in a swift retaliation of ISIS’ execution of 21 Egyptian Christian Copts near Tripoli on Sunday.
“Your armed forces on Monday carried out focused air strikes in Libya against Daesh [ISIS] camps, places of gathering and training, and weapons depots,” the military said in a statement.
A Libyan official said the aerials strikes were coordinated with the Libyan army and added, “Egypt and Libya are fighting one war.”
ISIS posted a video on Sunday of the beheading of 21 Copts from Egypt who had been taken hostage.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told citizens on television that the world he world is facing “ferocious threats” from radicals “devoid of any humane sense.”
The fierce and immediate Egyptian response to the beheadings will help the al-Sisi regime mend fences with the Copts, who comprise approximately 10 percent of Egypt’s population and who were severely oppressed under the one-year reign of the Muslim Brotherhood even more than under the Mubarak regime.
“The Orthodox church … is confident its homeland would not rest until the evil perpetrators get their fair retribution for their wicked crime,” the Coptic church wrote on Facebook page after the beheadings.
The strong presence of ISIS is another indication, if anyone needs one, that the terrorist army means business when it says it wants to turn the world into an Islamic Caliphate state.
Syria and Iraq are only the starting points, and it has boasted that it has agents throughout the world, especially in the United States and Europe.
The claim cannot be dismissed considering the increasing number of terrorist attacks in Europe by Muslims who have radicalized by ISIS social media propaganda.
More than 150 Americans have joined the ISIS, and the Congressional House Homeland Security Committee last week heard testimony that it has enough supporters in the United States to carry out several shocking terrorist attacks.