America is waking up to phenomenal news! While you slept last night, U.S. war planes flew sorties and dropped bombs in Libya!
From the Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — American warplanes struck multiple targets in Libya overnight, hitting an Islamic State training camp and a senior extremist leader, U.S. defense officials said Friday.
One official described the strikes as being carried out “against an ISIL training camp” and said the attack near Sabratha, Libya, not far from the Tunisian border, “likely killed ISIL operative Noureddine Chouchane,” who is believed to be a Tunisian.
The U.S. officials spoke on grounds of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to be publicly identified discussing a military operation not yet formally announced.
President Barack Obama earlier this year directed his national security team to bolster counterterrorism efforts in Libya while also pursuing diplomatic possibilities for solving its political crisis and forming a government of national unity. While the Islamic State has emerged in other places, including Afghanistan, Libya is seen as its key focus outside of Syria and Iraq.
The U.S. military has been closely monitoring Islamic State movements in Libya, and small teams of U.S. military personnel have moved in and out of the country over a period of months. British, French and Italian special forces also have been in Libya helping with aerial surveillance, mapping and intelligence gathering in several cities, including Benghazi in the east and Zintan in the west, according to two Libyan military officials who are coordinating with them. The Libyan officials spoke on condition of anonymity recently with The Associated Press on this matter because they were not authorized to speak to the press.