US kills four Islamic State terrorists in Libya strike

The United States killed four Islamic State terrorists in a strike near Bani Walid, Libya earlier today, according to a US Forces Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release.

The US has conducted three counterterrorism strikes in Libya in 2018, AFRICOM’s Major Karl J. Wiest confirmed to Long War Journal. On Mar. 24, US forces conducted a strike near Ubari which killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda leader in Libya, along another jihadist the US said held a leadership position.

AFRICOM also conducted a strike against the Islamic State near Fuqaha on Jan. 23 which destroyed two vehicles, according to Major Wiest.

In 2016, the United States conducted a record 497 strikes in Libya, nearly all of which supported a Libyan operation to recapture the coastal city of Sirte from the Islamic State. Since the end of that operation, strikes have declined dramatically. Limited strikes against the Islamic State do, however, serve as a reminder of the group’s resilience. In early May, the Libya branch responded to a call to target elections, killing at least twelve.

“The United States will not relent in its mission to degrade, disrupt, and destroy terrorist organizations and bring stability to the region. We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing terrorists from establishing safe haven,” AFRICOM said in the statement.

Alexandra Gutowski is the senior military affairs analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Caleb Weiss is a contributor to The Long War Journal.

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4 Comments

  • Brian L. says:

    Susan Rice later confirmed that the US airstrike was in reality just a peaceful demonstration against a hateful internet video that later got out of hand. Hate how that happens. 🙂

  • Telh says:

    Good work. Their numbers are reducing and Allah doesn’t care

  • Unfortunately, without long-term ‘nation building’ (paid for by the West), there is no solution to the ‘terrorist’ and migration problems.
    Climate change might be a crude ?solution? because it will probably kill almost everyone but the people of technology savvy rich nations (like Israel, Australia), outside the temperate zones of the world. These condemned populations will do anything to escape their inevitable fate and simplistic walls or even oceans will not stop them! They will also develop or steal crude nuclear weapons as their technology becomes more accessible. Please remember this is what happened to our conventional weapons. AFIK Pakistan’s nuclear development technology was originally stolen from the EU and then shared with both Libya and North Korea for small donations.

  • Adam says:

    One terrorist and three civilians, they are terrorist cousins.

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