Precision US airstrike in Libya


The United States conducted a precision air strike near the Libyan town Bani Walid, killing four Islamic State militants.

The strike was executed in co-ordination with the internationally recognised government in Tripoli, a statement from US Africa Command said.
“At this time, we assess no civilians were killed in this strike,” the statement said. It gave no information on the identity of those targeted.

Photos shared by a source in Bani Walid showed a white all-terrain vehicle apparently hit in the strike. The vehicle was streaked with blood and the roof and one side was shredded.

One of those killed was Abd al-Aati Ashtaiwy, a Libyan who travelled to Syria andwas previously based in Sirte, which Islamic State controlled from 2015-2016, according to the Bani Walid source and local reports.

The United States gave air support to Libyan forces that drove Islamic State from Sirte in 2016 and continues to launch occasional strikes against suspected militants in Libya since the end of that campaign.