U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamist militants in Libya

By on September 25, 2017
Libye. Violences

Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles,the U.S. military said on Sunday.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that was once the Islamic State stronghold in Libya. The camp was used to move fighters in and out of Libya, plot attacks and store weapons, the statement said.

“ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring and directing terror attacks,” the statement said.
The statement said the strikes were carried out in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord.

The last-known U.S. strike in Libya was on Jan. 19, a day before Trump’s inauguration, when more than 80 Islamic State militants died.

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