Officials: Egypt, UAE behind airstrikes in Libya

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In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, speaker of the Libyan Parliament Ageila Saleh Eissa, left, meets Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. A delegation of Libyan officials are visiting Egypt amid increasing fears among Libya's neighbors and Western countries that the North African nation is sliding deeper into turmoil, particularly after mysterious airstrikes against Islamist militias prompted allegations that outside powers were trying to swing the fight. (AP Photo/Fady Fares, MENA)
Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz, right, greets his Chadian counterpart Moussa Faki during the opening session of a gathering of foreign ministers of Libya's neighbors in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Foreign ministers from Egypt Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, and Chad, as well as the Arab League Secretary General, met Monday as weeks of inter-militia fighting has wreaked havoc in Libya. It's the worst violence in Libya since the 2011 downfall and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
In this image made from AP video on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, a MiG fighter jet flies over Benghazi, Libya. MiG fighter jets, reportedly under the control of renegade general, Khalifa Hifter, struck in retaliation the bases of Islamic militias in Benghazi on Friday, as a coalition of Islamic militias over the past week captured a number of army bases in Benghazi, driving out troops and police and seizing large weapon stores. (AP Photo/AP video)
A picture taken on August 26, 2014, shows the damaged interior of the main building at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital after fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition captured the airport from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on August 26, 2014, shows the damaged exterior of the main building at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital after fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition captured the airport from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on August 26, 2014, shows the damaged interior of the main building at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital after fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition captured the airport from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on August 26, 2014, shows damaged airplanes on the tarmac at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital after fighters from the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition captured the airport from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains graphic content.)Rescue teams try to remove dead body of refugees in Libya on August 25, 2014. An overloaded boat carrying suspected illegal African immigrants sank and at least 200 passengers drowned, many of them missing. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 24: Militants of Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition make an appearance at the entrance of the International Tripoli Airport after seizing the control of the airport after a month-long battle in Tripoli, Libya on August 24, 2014. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 24: Militants of Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition make an appearance at the entrance of the International Tripoli Airport after seizing the control of the airport after a month-long battle in Tripoli, Libya on August 24, 2014. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition arrive at the entrance of Tripoli international airport on August 24, 2014, after capturing it from Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar, following many days of clashes. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke billows from buildings during clashes between Libyan security forces and armed Islamist groups in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on August 23, 2014. Islamist fighters in the Fajr Libya (Libyan Dawn) coalition said they have captured Tripoli's battered international airport after many days of clashes with nationalist militiamen. AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Spent bullet shells litter the ground as a member of the Islamist-linked militia of Misrata walks past following three days of battles in the area of Tripoli's International airport, on August 21, 2014. The Misrata militia has been battling nationalist fighters from Zintan for control of a bridge giving access to Tripoli international airport which has been closed since July 13, and which is currently in the hands of the militiamen from Zintan, who are held up southwest of Tripoli and who have been fending off a challenge from the fighters from Misrata, held up east of the capital. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Black smoke is seen in the area of Tripoli's international airport, on August 20, 2014. Regular thuds from rival militias' battles near Tripoli airport have become part of daily life for the Libyan capital's residents, busy coping with power cuts and petrol shortages. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 19: Libyans inspect a house damaged by an unknown air attack in Al-Andalus district of Tripoli, Libya on August 19, 2014. An unknown air attack was staged on Al-Andalus at last night. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Two men hold a weapon and ammunition during fightings between rival militias around Tripoli international airport, on August 17, 2014. The skirmishes have centred around Tripoli, where nationalists militiamen are battling pro-Islamist groups, and in second city Benghazi where a renegade army general is fighting Islamists. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man, wearing military fatigues, sits next to weapons and ammunition during fightings between rival militias around Tripoli international airport, on August 17, 2014. The skirmishes have centred around Tripoli, where nationalists militiamen are battling pro-Islamist groups, and in second city Benghazi where a renegade army general is fighting Islamists. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 15: Libyans wave national flags and chant slogans during a protest against the Libyan Parliament's decision to call on the UN and the Security Council to protect civilians and state institutions on August 15, 2014 in Martyrs' Square in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Libyan MPs voted on August 13, 2014 to call for foreign intervention to protect civilians amid clashes in the country. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - AUGUST 15: Libyans wave national flags and chant slogans during a protest against the Libyan Parliament's decision to call on the UN and the Security Council to protect civilians and state institutions on August 15, 2014 in Martyrs' Square in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Libyan MPs voted on August 13, 2014 to call for foreign intervention to protect civilians amid clashes in the country. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Libyans hold placards, one (C) reading in Arabic: 'Why are the innocent of Derna being shelled?', during a protest against the new anti-Islamist parliament on August 15, 2014 in Martyrs' Square in the Libyan capital Tripoli. A majority of Libyan MPs voted on August 13, 2014 to call for foreign intervention to protect civilians amid chaos in the North African country as rival militias engage in fierce clashes, a deputy said. The parliament, elected on June 25, met in Tobruk between Benghazi and the border with Egypt, because of the violence plaguing both of Libyas main cities. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
DERNA, LIBYA - AUGUST 12: Air strikes by the forces of General Khalifa Haftar's forces hit port city Derna, in eastern Libya, left several people seriously wounded on August 12, 2014. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Libyans stand outside a heavily damaged house at a former Libyan army camp known as Camp 27, in the capital Tripoli, on August 11, 2014 following reported clashes between rival militias. Since mid-July, Libya has seen clashes between rival militias in Tripoli and in the eastern city of Benghazi. Violence in those cities has killed more than 220 people, wounded around 1,000, and prompted an exodus of foreign nationals from the oil-rich North African nation. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
BENGHAZI, LIBYA - AUGUST 8: Thousands people stage a protest against the newly elected parliament on August 8, 2014 in Benghazi, Libya. The parliament, elected on June 25, is to take over from the interim General National Congress (GNC) chosen in the wake of the 2011 NATO-backed revolution that ousted Moamer Kadhafi. (Photo by Mohammed Elshaiky/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BENGHAZI, LIBYA - AUGUST 8: A libyan holds national flag during the protest against the newly elected parliament on August 8, 2014 in Benghazi, Libya. The parliament, elected on June 25, is to take over from the interim General National Congress (GNC) chosen in the wake of the 2011 NATO-backed revolution that ousted Moamer Kadhafi. (Photo by Mohammed Elshaiky/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Libyan soldier inspects shrapnel marks on a wall on July 22, 2014 after a double suicide bombing on a military base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least four soldiers, military and medical officials said. The two attackers, who detonated car bombs, targeted a Libyan army special forces barracks in the Bouatni area of Benghazi, an army official told AFP. AFP PHOTO/Abdullah DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Two Libyan soldiers inspect shrapnel marks on a wall on July 22, 2014 after a double suicide bombing on a military base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least four soldiers, military and medical officials said. The two attackers, who detonated car bombs, targeted a Libyan army special forces barracks in the Bouatni area of Benghazi, an army official told AFP. AFP PHOTO/Abdullah DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)
Elite Libyan unit's commander Colonel Wanis Abu Khamada gestures as he delivers a press statement following the suicide bombing on a military base in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on July 22, 2014. The blast which killed at least four soldiers happened after two attackers, detonated car bombs, targeting a Libyan army special forces barracks in the Bouatni area of Benghazi, an army official told AFP. AFP PHOTO/ABDULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 16, 2014, shows the remains of a burnt airplane at the Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day, in attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility, a Libyan security official said. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Wreckage from a Libyan paramilitary fighter lies on the ground after it crashed in the eastern city of Benghazi during fighting with Islamist groups on July 29, 2014. General Sagr al-Jerouchi, Libyan chief of air operations for dissident ex-general Khalifa Haftar, said it was not immediately clear if the plane had been hit by gunfire or suffered a malfunction before crashing and exploding. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke billows during clashes between security forces and armed groups near a Libyan army special forces barracks, on July 23, 2014, in the eastern city of Benghazi. Elsewhere in the country, rival militias have been engaged in a bloody battle for Libya's main international airport in Tripoli for 11 days that has halted all flights and caused extensive damage to airport infrastructure. AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA (Photo credit should read ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 25: A group of Libyan people stage demonstration to protest the clashes happening in Libya, and demand the end of these clashes for peace in Tripoli, Libya on July 25, 2014. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 25: A group of Libyan people stage demonstration to protest the clashes happening in Libya, and demand the end of these clashes for peace in Tripoli, Libya on July 25, 2014. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Libyans condemn and urge for an end of war during a protest at the Algeria Square July 26, 2014 in Tripoli, Libya. The Libyan government warned on Friday of the possibility of a break-up of the country if clashes between rival militias for control of Tripoli airport went on. Calling for an end to 13 days of conflict around the airport, the interim government warned of 'the collapse of the country' and 'the destruction which could result from ... endless war'. AFP PHOTO / Mahmud TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Libyans condemn and urge for an end of war during a protest at the Algeria Square July 26, 2014 in Tripoli, Libya. The Libyan government warned on Friday of the possibility of a break-up of the country if clashes between rival militias for control of Tripoli airport went on. Calling for an end to 13 days of conflict around the airport, the interim government warned of 'the collapse of the country' and 'the destruction which could result from ... endless war'. AFP PHOTO / Mahmud TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport as fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport continues on July 24, 2014. The airport has been closed since July 13 because of clashes which have left at least 47 dead and 120 wounded, according to the health ministry on July 23. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 22: Passengers queues to drop their bags off as they check-in for their flights at the Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 22, 2014. Following the clashes, Mitiga Airport opens for domestic and foreign flights. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 21: A burnt airplane lies at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014, after militias stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by opponents. The fighting halted all flights and caused damage to planes and airport infrastructure. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 21: A burnt airplane lies at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014, after militias stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by opponents. The fighting halted all flights and caused damage to planes and airport infrastructure. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 21: A burnt airplane lies at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014, after militias stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by opponents. The fighting halted all flights and caused damage to planes and airport infrastructure. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 21: Destroyed wall is seen following the clashes at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014, after militias stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by opponents. The fighting halted all flights and caused damage to planes and airport infrastructure. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 21: Libyan officials examine the airport area following clashes at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014, after militias stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by opponents. The fighting halted all flights and caused damage to planes and airport infrastructure. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Libyan Ministry of Transportation Abdul Qader Mohammed Ahmed gestures as he inspects the destruction at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 21, 2014 after Islamist-led militiamen stepped up their assault on the country's main airport, which is controlled by rival fighters. The fighting, which erupted on July 13 and shut the international airport, also injured 120 people, according to figures for the week until July 19. The fighting has halted all flights and caused extensive damage to planes and airport infrastructure, with aviation officials saying Tripoli airport could be closed for months. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at sea shows the transfer of immigrants from the tanker 'Torm Lotte' to tug boat 'Grifone' in the middle of Messina's marine channel following a rescue operation on July 20, 2014. There has been a sharp rise in migrant landings in recent weeks because of the calm summer weather and growing lawlessness in Libya, with hundreds of migrants now being intercepted by Italian authorities every day. Around 80,000 migrants are now believed to have landed in Italy so far this year -- higher than the previous record of some 60,000 arriving in 2011 at the height of the turmoil triggered by the Arab Spring revolutions. AFP PHOTO/GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken at sea shows the transfer of immigrants from the tanker 'Torm Lotte' to tug boat 'Grifone' in the middle of Messina's marine channel following a rescue operation on July 20, 2014. There has been a sharp rise in migrant landings in recent weeks because of the calm summer weather and growing lawlessness in Libya, with hundreds of migrants now being intercepted by Italian authorities every day. Around 80,000 migrants are now believed to have landed in Italy so far this year -- higher than the previous record of some 60,000 arriving in 2011 at the height of the turmoil triggered by the Arab Spring revolutions. AFP PHOTO/GIOVANNI ISOLINO (Photo credit should read GIOVANNI ISOLINO/AFP/Getty Images)
Police and forensic workers prepare to remove the bodies of a migrant boat at the Valletta port in Malta on July 20, 2014 a day after a rescue operation at sea. Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat yesterday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.Three asylum-seekers were evacuated by Italian coastguards and rushed to hospital. One of them died on the way and two others were in a serious condition, officials said. The boat is estimated to have had 400 people on board and was first spotted by a Danish ship south of the Italian island of Lampedusa in waters between Libya and Malta. AFP PHOTO / MATTHEW MIRABELLI (Photo credit should read Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images)
Immigrants part of a group of more than 2.000 people disembarked from Italian military ship 'Etna' on July 19, 2014 in the port of Salerno, southern Italy, following Mare Nostrum rescue operations at sea. There has been a sharp rise in migrant landings in recent weeks because of the calm summer weather and growing lawlessness in Libya, with hundreds of migrants now being intercepted by Italian authorities every day. Most of them come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria but there are also asylum-seekers arriving from Afghanistan, Pakistan and other parts of Asia as well as sub-Saharan Africa. AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA (Photo credit should read MARIO LAPORTA/AFP/Getty Images)
Immigrants part of a group of more than 2.000 people disembark from Italian military ship 'Etna' on July 19, 2014 in the port of Salerno, southern Italy, following Mare Nostrum rescue operations at sea. There has been a sharp rise in migrant landings in recent weeks because of the calm summer weather and growing lawlessness in Libya, with hundreds of migrants now being intercepted by Italian authorities every day. Most of them come from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria but there are also asylum-seekers arriving from Afghanistan, Pakistan and other parts of Asia as well as sub-Saharan Africa. AFP PHOTO / MARIO LAPORTA (Photo credit should read MARIO LAPORTA/AFP/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: A damaged airplane is seen at the Tripoli international airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: A damaged airplane is seen at the Tripoli international airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: A damaged car is seen at the Tripoli international airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: An armored vehicle is seen at the Tripoli international airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: A view from Tripoli international airport after the clashes between military forces and armed opponent groups is seen in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: Unexploded mortar shell sticking out of the ground is seen at the Tripoli international airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 16: Unexploded mortar shell sticking out of the ground is seen at the Tripoli international airport in Tripoli, Libya on July 16, 2014. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day and attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TRIPOLI, LIBYA - JULY 14: A view of burnt vehicles in the compound of Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital on July 14, 2014 followed the clashes between Islamist militias and the rival Zintan group that controls Libya's international airport in Tripoli. (Photo by Hazem Turkia/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken on July 16, 2014, shows the remains of burnt cars at the Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital. Tripoli international airport came under rocket fire Wednesday for a fourth straight day, in attacks aimed at ousting anti-Islamist fighters who control the facility, a Libyan security official said. Islamist militias have since Sunday unleashed dozens of rockets at Tripoli airport, damaging around a dozen planes and closing down Libya's main air link with the outside world. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before and set it ablaze, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American. The second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training, retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)
The coffins with bodies of would-be refugees are disembarked in Augusta, Sicily, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Another 24 bodies were recovered Tuesday from an overturned fishing boat off Italy's southern coast as would-be refugees fleeing increasing instability in Libya saw their deadliest few days this year with more than 300 drowned. The U.N. refugee agency said the worst incident occurred Friday near Garibouli, east of Tripoli. That boat was reportedly carrying at least 270 people when it overturned and sank. Only 19 people survived, according to Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. On Tuesday, the Italian navy said two of its patrol boats recovered 24 corpses from a capsized smuggler's boat Sunday night. Their remains, as well as 364 survivors, were headed toward Augusta. (AP Photo/str)
The coffins with bodies of would-be refugees are disembarked in Augusta, Sicily, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Another 24 bodies were recovered Tuesday from an overturned fishing boat off Italy's southern coast as would-be refugees fleeing increasing instability in Libya saw their deadliest few days this year with more than 300 drowned. The U.N. refugee agency said the worst incident occurred Friday near Garibouli, east of Tripoli. That boat was reportedly carrying at least 270 people when it overturned and sank. Only 19 people survived, according to Melissa Fleming, spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. On Tuesday, the Italian navy said two of its patrol boats recovered 24 corpses from a capsized smuggler's boat Sunday night. Their remains, as well as 364 survivors, were headed toward Augusta. (AP Photo/str)
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By BRADLEY KLAPPER & MAGGIE MICHAEL

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, a State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday, decrying the intervention as an escalation of the North African country's already debilitating turmoil. U.S. officials said the United States had no prior notification of the attacks.

One official said the two countries and Saudi Arabia have been supporting for months a renegade general's campaign against Libyan militant groups, but that the Saudis don't appear to have played a role in recent strikes. Another official said Washington knew about Egyptian and U.A.E. plans for a possible operation and warned them against going through with the effort.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that Egypt and U.A.E. had carried out the strikes.

Libya is undergoing its worst violence since the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi three years ago. Tripoli's international airport is largely destroyed. Diplomats, foreign nationals and thousands of Libyans have fled the country.

The violence has its roots in the collapse of the Libyan state with Gadhafi's demise, as powerful militias seized power and the central government proved unable to create a strong police force or unified military. In recent months, Islamist fighters have faced backlash, losing their power in parliament after June elections and facing a counteroffensive by former Gadhafi and rebel Gen. Khalifa Hifter. Washington doesn't support the general. But some of Libya's regional allies, fearful of the growing power of the Islamist extremists, have helped Hifter.

A U.S. official said recent airstrikes weren't done with authorization from Libya's government.

The officials weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. The Egyptian and U.A.E. role in the strikes was first reported by The New York Times.

In a joint statement, the United States joined with Britain, France, Germany and Italy in expressing its concerns, saying ""outside interference in Libya exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya's democratic transition."

And the newly appointed U.N. envoy to Libya said he doesn't believe foreign intervention is helpful. The diplomat, Bernardino Leon, said only an inclusive political process with all Libyans represented in parliament, government and other state institutions will end the instability gripping the country.

"Any kind of intervention or foreign intervention won't help Libya get out of chaos," Leon said.

American officials have not attributed the strikes to any country publicly. Egypt has repeatedly denied involvement. Emirati officials have not commented.

Islamist militias in Libya have made similar allegations against Egypt and the U.A.E. following two days of mysterious airstrikes against Islamist-allied militia positions in Libya's capital, Tripoli, since Aug. 18.

The strikes happened as Islamist-backed militias were fighting for control of Tripoli's international airport. Libyan officials have repeatedly called the airstrikes "foreign," and the country's air force likely does not have the capability to fly night sorties.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on Tuesday said reports of an Egyptian role in the airstrikes were "unsubstantiated rumors."

Shukri said his country respects Libya's popular will and elected parliament, and wanted to help train its armed forces. "But we have no direct connection to any of the military operations on the ground in Libya," he said.

The Emirates and its Gulf neighbor Qatar played the most prominent Arab roles in the military intervention that helped lead to Gadhafi's ouster, with both sending warplanes to assist the NATO-led effort. They also provided humanitarian aid, and Qatar in particular played a major role as a supplier of weapons to rebel groups.

But the two countries - both important U.S. allies - today find themselves in opposing camps jostling for influence in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings.

The Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi - who led the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi - are staunchly opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, which they see as a threat to their ruling systems. Morsi hails from the Brotherhood, Egypt's largest Islamic group.

Qatar is far more accommodating to the Brotherhood and its allies, including Islamist factions fighting for power in Libya. It was a major backer of Morsi's government and is home to the leader of Hamas, an Islamist group that Israel and the West consider to be a terrorist organization.

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