US Airstrikes Kill 80 Islamic State Militants in Libya

Washington, United States forces carried out overnight airstrikes on two camps operated by Islamic State (ISIS) militants inside Libya, killing more than 80 fighters, the Pentagon said Thursday.

US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said the numbers were based upon initial estimates while adding that the strikes “were directed against some of Islamic State’s external plotters, who were actively planning operations against our allies in Europe.” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the bombings were authorized by President Barack Obama and carried out “in conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord” against two camps about 45 kilometres south-west of Sirte.

“The Islamic State terrorists targeted included individuals who fled to the remote desert camps from Sirte in order to reorganize, and they posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and US national interests,” Cook said.

The strikes were conducted by B-2 Spirit bombers, flying 30-hour round-trip sorties from the mid-west US state of Missouri, Cook said.

Source: Qatar News Agency