US carries out another air strike in Libya


The US military has carried out another air strike in Libya, killing eleven suspected Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists.

The US military’s Africa Command said an air strike on 24 September targeted ISIS-Libya terrorists in the vicinity of Murzuq and was done in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord.

“This airstrike was conducted to eliminate ISIS terrorists and deny them the ability to conduct attacks on the Libyan people,” said US Army Major General William Gayler, director of operations, US Africa Command. “This effort demonstrates the resolve of the US and our Libyan partners to deny safe havens to terrorists.”

The air strike comes after Africa Command carried out an air strike against ISIS-Libya targets on 19 September, also in the vicinity of Murzuq, killing eight.

“US Africa Command conducted this airstrike to eliminate terrorist leaders and fighters and to disrupt terrorist activity,” said General Stephen Townsend, US Africa Command commander. “We will not allow them to use the current conflict in Libya as protection. Together with our Libyan partners, we will continue to deny terrorists safe haven in Libya.”

Africom regularly carries out airstrikes against al Shabaab insurgents in Somalia, but airstrikes in Libya are less common.