U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said at a briefing in Washington on Friday, Censor.NET reports citing the U.S. Department of State.
"This is not the first strike of this kind," Mark Toner said stressing that, unfortunately, the fight against Daesh or ISIL was broader than Iraq and Syria.
"So as we put pressure, we fully recognize that as we put pressure on Daesh in Syria, in Iraq, they're going to seek to establish themselves elsewhere. … Libya has been an area of concern for some time. We've been very clear that we're going to - as we have opportunities, we're going to carry out airstrikes against those ISIL elements that are operating in Libya," he said.
At the same time the U.S. Department of State representative stressed that the recent air raid in Libya should not be considered as opening of a new front or some kind of policy shift
" I don't want to get out ahead that this is some kind of policy shift. So I don't want to say this is the opening of a new front," he said.
In this regard, Toner added: "The president made very clear we will not hesitate to act when it comes to defending U.S. national security interests."