US military carries out strikes against Daesh in Libya

The United States military has carried out more airstrikes against the Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group in Libya.

A number of its fighters were killed, the US Africa Command said Thursday.

The strikes took place on Tuesday about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of the Mediterranean city of Sirte, according to AFRICOM statement.

On Sunday, the Pentagon announced the first air strikes in Libya since President Donald Trump took power in January.

Prior to that, the last known US air strikes were carried out in early January under then-president Barack Obama, targeting two Daesh camps where militants were suspected of actively planning operations in Europe.

Daesh “and Al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring, and directing terror attacks; recruiting and facilitating the movement of foreign terrorist fighters; and raising and moving funds to support their operations,” AFRICOM said.

Sirte, the major stronghold of Daesh outside Iraq and Syria, fell to the Takfiri terrorists in February 2015.


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