by Jason Ditz

In comments today, Egyptian military junta leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Western nations against going through with their planned invasion of Libya, saying they risk having the situation spiral out of control.

Instead, Sisi urged the nations to throw more money and weapons behind Libya’s General Khalifa Hifter, who has repeatedly publicly spoke of his desire to take over the country as a military leader, and has drawn comparisons to Sisi, who ousted the democratically elected government of Egypt in 2013.

Sisi drew a comparison between Libya and Afghanistan, saying the international community had been intervening there for more than 30 years, combining both the Soviet occupation of the late 70’s and 1980s as well as the ongoing US-led occupation, without accomplishing anything.

Egypt has intervened to a limited extent in Libya themselves since the Sisi coup, launching airstrikes in support of Hifter. Despite this, Hifter’s faction has not made much progress either, and controls very little territory near the Egyptian border.