US strikes Islamic State camp in Libya, killing 17: official
Strike carried out in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord
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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