US Airstrikes Kill Several IS Terrorists In Libya As A Fresh Campaign Against The Daesh Is Launched

Smokes rises after an airstrike on Islamic State militants held area in Sirte, Libya, Wednesday, September 28, 2016.(AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

The US military has launched a new air onslaught against Islamic State in Libya in an operation that took place towards the end of last week. The airstrikes were conducted with the coordination of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) according to a statement by the US African Command. While the statement did not confirm the number of militants killed, a security official said that several militants were killed and a haven destroyed.

In January, armed drones and B-2 bombers attacked IS training camps in Libya, killing more than 80 militants. The airstrikes have been viewed as a revitalized commitment by the Trump administration to maintain pressure on the terror networks in Africa to prevent them from regrouping and becoming stronger.

The recent increase in strikes in Libya and Somalia have led some to suggest the Pentagon may be ramping up pressure on terror groups in Africa, a claim the Pentagon has rejected.

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