U.S. President Barack Obama says it is in U.S. national security interest to support Libya's emerging government's fight against Islamic State, a day after the Pentagon said it launched air attacks there. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday (August 2) it is in U.S. national security interest to support Libya's emerging government's fight against Islamic State, a day after his administration said it launched air attacks there. The air attacks were undertaken to make sure that Libyan forces were able to finish the job of fighting the radical militant group and increase stability, Obama said. The absence of stability in Iraq and Syria "has helped to fuel some of the challenges that we've seen in terms of the migration crisis in Europe," Obama said. U.S. planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the U.N.-backed government's request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte in what U.S. officials described as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.