The US military’s plans to counter the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri terrorist group in Libya “makes no sense,” a top US general says, adding that Washington needs to take a tougher stance in the country.
Marine Lieutenant General Thomas Waldhauser, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the US Africa Command, made the comments before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.
“I am not aware of any overall grand strategy at this point,” the general said in response to a question by the committee’s chairman, Senator John McCain, on whether Washington had a strategy for Libya.
Waldhauser said that Daesh was preparing to take over more land in Libya in case it was completely defeated in Iraq and Syria.
“That’s why instability inside Africa is to ISIL’s advantage,” he noted, adding that Daesh was shifting focus on the Libyan city of Sirte as a “kind of backup” if it fails elsewhere.
He then warned that despite a growing Daesh presence…