30 Sep '17, 3pm

US resumes strikes against Islamic State in Libya

US resumes strikes against Islamic State in Libya

US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced this week that “several” Islamic State fighters were killed during a pair of precision airstrikes about 100 miles southeast of the Libyan city of Sirte on Sept. 26. Separately, AFRICOM revealed to FDD’s Long War Journal that an estimated 800 to 900 Islamic State fighters were killed during Operation Odyssey Lightning’s air campaign in Sirte between Aug. and Dec. of 2016. While that operation did significant damage to the self-declared caliphate in Libya, the jihadists have maintained a foothold in the country. The US military has resumed targeting the Islamic State’s branch in Libya, though it remains to be seen if the bombings become more frequent. Over the past week, AFRICOM has launch eight airstrikes. Six of them took place on Sept. 22, when the US military reportedly killed 17 jihadists and destroyed three vehicles at a “desert ca...

Full article: https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2017/09/us-resume...

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