Two U.S. air strikes kill several Islamic State jihadists southeast of Sirte.
By Ben Ariel – Arutz Sheva
Two U.S. air strikes killed several Islamic State jihadists in Libya earlier this week, the U.S. military said on Thursday, according to Reuters.
In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said the strike took place 100 miles (161 km) southeast of Sirte on Tuesday and was held in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord.
The strikes mark the second series of attacks in the country in recent days. Last Friday, United States forces carried out six “precision air strikes” against an ISIS camp in Libya, killing 17 people.
The last known American air strikes were carried out in early January under then-president Barack Obama, targeting two ISIS camps where jihadists were suspected of actively planning operations in Europe.
ISIS has been steadily gaining power in Libya over the past several years, as the group has capitalized on the disarray in the country following the ouster of former President Muammar Qaddafi, and spread the group’s influence into the north African nation.
ISIS’s presence in Libya made headlines two years ago when it broadcast the brutal mass execution of 21 Coptic Christians, triggering reprisal air raids from Egypt and a mass-exodus of Egyptian workers from the country.
Also in 2015, ISIS terrorists published a video in which they vowed that their conquest in Libya will serve as a springboard for a European invasion.