Beji Caid Essebsi, told the Italian newspaper 'La Stampa' that Tunisia supported an international military intervention in Libya targeting the Islamic State so long as it was under the auspices of the United Nations, adding Tunisia had an interest in the return of stability to Libya because of the terrorist attacks originating in Libya and carried out in Tunisia. When asked, during an interview published on April 23, what he thought of a possible U.S. and European military intervention against the Islamic State in Libya, President Essebsi said "I support [it] to the extent that the attacks are concentrated against Isis targets limiting collateral damage. When the United States attacked ISIS (using an acronym for the Islamic State) bases in Sabratha [where] unfortunately there were of Tunisians, they informed us. More generally it needs cooperation, within the framework of the United Nations. " On February 19, a U.S. airstrike targeted Tunisian militants outside the Libyan city of Sabratha. The primary target of the airstrike was Noureddine Chouchane, a Tunisian Militant wanted Tunisian authorities for his role in the Bardo National Museum attack in March 2015, according to local Libyan sources the U.S. airstrike killed over 50 suspected militants, the vast majority of whom were Tunisian nationals.