Tuesday, July 5, 2022

US Air Force B-2 stealth bombers conduct precision airstrike in Libya

US bombers hit Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) camps outside the city of Sirte in Libya, killing more than 100 jihadists, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters.

That was reported by upi.com.

The stealth bombers targeted at least one Islamic State training camp on Wednesday. The bombings, authorized by President Barack Obama, occurred in the desert outside of Sirte. U.S. drones launched hellfire missiles at escaping Islamic State militants.


The mission was coordinated with Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), the US military announced.

Earlier, US officials cited by Reuters said the strikes were carried out by US B-2 bombers.

Sirte was once an IS stronghold in Libya, before government forces and local militia groups retook the city in December last year.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, took Sirte, the former hometown of deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi, in March 2015 as it collected territory across the Middle East in Libya, Iraq and Syria.

The United States has carried out about 500 airstrikes in Sirte since August, targeting Islamic State militants.

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