White House Condemns “Despicable and Cowardly” Beheading of Christians in Libya

White House press secretary Josh Earnest during the daily press briefing, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
White House press secretary Josh Earnest during the daily press briefing, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of twenty-one Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists.  We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and our support to the Egyptian government and people as they grieve for their fellow citizens.  ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.  It is unconstrained by faith, sect, or ethnicity.  This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, which only further galvanizes the international community to unite against ISIL.

This heinous act once again underscores the urgent need for a political resolution to the conflict in Libya, the continuation of which only benefits terrorist groups, including ISIL.  We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat.  We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.

–The White House, Office of the Press Secretary

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