US airstrike in Libya kills eight


The US military’s Africa Command (Africom) killed eight members of ISIS in Libya in an airstrike last week.

Africom said the airstrike took place in the vicinity of Murzuq, Libya, on 19 September and was carried out in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord.

“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 assessed that the airstrike killed eight terrorists and no civilians.

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