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US strikes Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17: official

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Strike carrie­d out in coordi­nation with Libya’s Govern­ment of Nation­al Accord­

A US Air Force F-16 receives fuel from a fuel boom suspended from a US Air Force KC-10 Extender during mid-air refueling support to Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria air space, March 15, 2017. PHOTO:REUTERS

A US Air Pressure F-16 receives gasoline from a gasoline increase suspended from a US Air Pressure KC-10 Extender throughout mid-air refueling help to Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq and Syria air house, March 15, 2017. PHOTO:REUTERS

WASHINGTON: US forces carried out six “precision air strikes” towards an Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17 folks, the US Africa Command mentioned Sunday.

The command mentioned the air strikes had been performed on Friday, in coordination with Libya’s Authorities of Nationwide Accord, hitting a desert camp 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of town of Sirte.

“The camp was utilized by ISIS to maneuver fighters in and in another country; stockpile weapons and tools; and to plot and conduct assaults,” it mentioned in an announcement utilizing an alternate acronym for the Islamic State group.

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The air strikes had been believed to be the primary in Libya by US forces since US President Donald Trump took workplace in January.

The final recognized US air strikes had been carried out in early January beneath then-president Barack Obama, concentrating on two IS camps the place militants had been suspected of actively planning operations in Europe.

The US assertion mentioned 17 IS militants had been killed and three automobiles had been destroyed in Friday’s strikes. It offered few different particulars.

“The USA will observe and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all acceptable, lawful, and proportional means, together with precision strikes towards their forces, terror coaching camps and features of communication, in addition to partnering with Libyan forces to disclaim protected havens for terrorists in Libya,” the command mentioned.

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