Egypt, Emirates strike inside Libya

U.S. caught off guard; Egyptians deny hit on militias

Posted: August 26, 2014 at 3:57 a.m.

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)

CAIRO -- Twice in the past seven days, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have secretly teamed to launch airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, the capital of Libya, four senior U.S. officials said, in a major escalation between the supporters and opponents of political Islam.

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