In the second part of his interview with the Egyptian newspaper, Al Masry Al Youm, the leader of Libya's failed coup General Khalifa Haftar said he would welcome Egyptian military strikes within his country. Al-Qaeda elements, he claimed, are threatening to launch a military strike on Egypt from eastern Libya. In that case, the Egyptian army may respond by a military strike. When asked what would be your response to that, he said:
"Of course I support any military strike that aims to secure Egyptian borders, even if it takes place inside Libya. We would like to get rid of these groups in Derna, Benghazi, Egdabia, Sert, Tripoli, and on the Algerian borders. It is impossible for us to allow any of them to carry out any action against neighboring and friendly countries. This requires cooperation to prevent them from setting up camps in Egypt and Libya. The country [Libya] has been open for 3 years. They set up camps and airplanes. They brought people to enter without visas or permits. All infected places in the world sent people to Libya."