US denies being part of Libya al Qaeda raid

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The US military denied being part of a raid on an al Qaeda site in the Libyan city Ubari, contradicting a Libyan official.

The spokesperson for Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council of Tripoli-based Government of National Accord of Libya, said in a statement a site with a number of al Qaeda members in Ubari was “raided” by joint US-Libyan forces.

“This joint work between the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord and the US Government coincided with the meeting of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala at the Global Coalition To Defeat Islamic State meeting last week”, spokesperson Mohamed El Sallak said in the statement.

US Africa Command, responsible for American troops in the area, said the United States supports what is described as counter-terrorism efforts of the UN-recognised Libyan government, US forces were not involved in the raid.

“US Africa Command was not involved in the reported raid of an al-Qaeda site in Ubari,” it said in a statement. “US Africa Command has not conducted any air strikes in Libya in 2019.”