Egypt pushes for UN-backed intervention against Libya jihadists

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CAIRO: Western powers stressed the need for a political solution to the crisis gripping Libya, seemingly rebuffing Egypt’s call for the United Nations to authorize military intervention in the war-torn north African state on Wednesday. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said “there is no choice” but to create a global coalition to confront the extremists in Libya after Cairo launched air strikes in retaliation for the jihadist group’s beheading of Egyptian Christians. The matter will be taken up by the UN Security Council on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after a request by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, who is seeking backing for military intervention and to “full support” against the jihadists, his ministry said.

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