The Libyan parliament filed a formal protest, saying it “strongly condemns” the airstrike because it involved no “coordination or consultation with the interim Libyan government.”
However, Pentagon spokesman U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told G2Bulletin that there was indeed prior consultation and coordination and that the United States will continue its airstrikes against ISIS locations. World Net Daily reported.
Davis said that he wasn’t aware of any “fallout, per se” from the U.S. action but said that the attack was an “operation in coordination with international law and with the knowledge of Libyan authorities.”
The Obama administration has been hesitant to launch major attacks against ISIS in Libya until the United Nations could help broker a unity government between the two major factions fighting to control the country.
However, ISIS militants have been streaming into Libya as they escape the aerial bombing in Syria and Iraq. They are now estimated to number more than 6,000 fighters, and growing.
“Nobody wants to see Libya on a glide slope to the kind of situation that already engulfed Syria and Iraq,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said last week.