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Italy: Def Min to consider ‘indirect support’ to US for Libya airstrikes01:14

Italy: Def Min to consider ‘indirect support’ to US for Libya airstrikes

Italy, Rome
August 3, 2016 at 15:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

In a statement to the Chamber of Deputies in the Palazzo Montecitorio, Rome, on Wednesday, Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said the government was ready to "consider positively" the use of Italian "airbases and national flying space" to support the United States' actions in Libya.

Pinotti said "indirect support" would be possible if it brought "a more effective and fast conclusion" to the ongoing operation.

The United States carried out its first airstrikes against Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Libya on Monday. The United Nations-backed government in Tripoli had asked for help in removing the IS militants from their former Sirte stronghold.

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In a statement to the Chamber of Deputies in the Palazzo Montecitorio, Rome, on Wednesday, Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said the government was ready to "consider positively" the use of Italian "airbases and national flying space" to support the United States' actions in Libya.

Pinotti said "indirect support" would be possible if it brought "a more effective and fast conclusion" to the ongoing operation.

The United States carried out its first airstrikes against Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets in Libya on Monday. The United Nations-backed government in Tripoli had asked for help in removing the IS militants from their former Sirte stronghold.

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