Less than a day before leaving the White House, US President Barack Obama approved the air strikes of ISIS bases in Northern Libya. According to a senior-level US defense official, dozens of ISIS militants were eliminated.
US air strikes in Northern Libya Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
This morning (Thursday), according to a senior-level US defense official, dozens of ISIS militants in Libya were eliminated by US B-2 stealth bombers and drones. The air strikes occurred in 2 ISIS bases in the Northern part of Libya.
The official explained that prior to the strikes, ISIS fighters were seen carrying weapons, dressed in combat gear with mortar launchers and standing in fighting formation. He added that US President Barack Obama authorized the attack, which was carried out in coordination with the provisional government in Libya.
The strikes occurred a month after the US officially announced the end of its military presence in the region of Sirte, where it attacked over 500 times in an effort to drive ISIS to the shore and support the provisional government in Libya.
However, the Pentagon left a limited window of time during which the US could continue to attack ISIS if the Libyan government asked for assistance. Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook explained that some of the strikes were aimed at ISIS fighters who fled Sirte in previous attacks to reorganize. “They posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and US national interests,” Cook said.