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US Air Force Conducted Airstrikes On ISIS Training Camp In Libya

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US Air Force Conducted Airstrikes On ISIS Training Camp In Libya

Capt. Richard Olson, 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 pilot, gets off an A-10 Warthog after his flight at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, September 2, 2011. USAF / Senior Airman Corey Hook

On September 24, the United States Army Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in an official statement that US warplanes conducted airstrikes on a training camp of ISIS in Libya on September 22.

According to the US AFRICOM, the camp is located 240 km southeast of Sirte city.

US warplanes conducted 6 “precision” airstrikes on ISIS camp killing 17 ISIS fighters and destroying 3 vehicles of ISIS, according to the US AFRICOM statement.

The US AFRICOM revealed the camp was used by ISIS to move fighters in and out of Libya, to plot attacks and to store weapons.

On May 31, 2015, ISIS captured Sirte city after a rapid attack on Libya Shield Force in the city, and declared that the city became a part of the supposed “Islamic Caliphate”.

On December 6, 2016, forces of the Libyan Government of National Accord GNA) backed by the US and other NATO countries recaptured Sirte city from ISIS. However, to this day ISIS is still on control of the desert area mainly south of Sirte city.

In its statement, the US AFRICOM acknowledged that “ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring and directing terror attacks.”

US Air Force Conducted Airstrikes On ISIS Training Camp In Libya

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