U.S. Conducts New (Not First) Air Strikes in Sirte, Libya

We're bombing Libya again. I say again because many media outlets are erroneously reporting this is the first time. It's not, it's merely the first strike against ISIS in Libya conducted with the approval of the new Government of National Accord in Tripoli.

Previously, there was an airstrike in February, 2015, when the U.S. struck an ISIS training camp in Libya. It's believed there were no civilians at the camp. The U.S. said it targeted and killed ISIS extremist Noureddine Chouchane, linked to the Tunisian beach attacks at Sousse which killed 30 Britons. But Serbia said the U.S. attack killed two of its embassy employees who were being held hostage. The Intercept said evidence supports Serbia's claim. More than 40 people were killed in the strikes. And Libya complained it was not consulted and had not approved.

In November, 2015, the U.S. struck Libya and said it took out Abu Nabil, another suspected Isis leader. The BBC reported: [More...]

Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt Jeff Davis said Abu Nabil died after an F-15 jet targeted a compound in the eastern city of Derna on 13 November. Iraqi national Nabil was also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi.

U.S. special ground forces have been in Libya since at least December, 2015. In February, 2016, Italy agreed to let the U.S. launch airstrikes in Libya from its airbase in Sicily.

The strikes have not only been against ISIS> In June, the U.S. conducted an airstrike in Ajdabiya in the oil region of Libya and reportedly killed the leader of al Qaida-linked Ansar al Sharia of Tunisia.

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