US Conducts Airstrike On al-Qaeda In Southern Libya (Photos)

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On March 24, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in an official statement that US had warplanes killed two terrorists in an airstrike on the town of Ubari, the provincial capital of the Wadi al Hayaa district in the southern part of Libya.

According to AFRICOM, “no civilians were killed in this strike”. The airstrike was allegedly conducted in full coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (LGNA).

Mohamed El Sallak, spokesman for the LGNA, said on Twitter that the airstrike had been a part of the “strategic cooperation between Libya and the US in the fight against terrorism.”

Meanwhile, Libyan sources said that the airstrike had targeted commanders of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who had been holding a meeting in a house in the al-Sharib neighborhood of Ubari.

A local source told the UAE-based al-Arabiya TV that elements of al-Qaeda had cut off the heads of the two commanders who had been killed in the US airstrike in order to prevent the US intelligence from identifying them.

Over the last few years, the southern part of Libya has become a safe haven for several terrorist groups and gangs including al-Qaeda and ISIS. Observers believe that the absence of a well-supported united Libyan Army has led to this dangerous situation.

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  • Vitex

    Two random dead dudes. Since when did the USA target Al Qaeda anywhere?

    • Smaug

      There’s a few scattered shards of that group around, what reason is there to believe overwise? (Rhetorical)

  • “On March 24, US Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced in an official statement that US had warplanes killed two terrorists in an airstrike on the town of Ubari, the provincial capital of the Wadi al Hayaa district in the southern part of Libya.”
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    So ….. how much EXACTLY did it cost the American taxpayer to kill two guys who never said boo to them in a faraway land?

    No wonder your roads bridges and rails are falling apart, your airports are 3rd world and your education and healthcare SUCK bigtime!

    • You can call me Al

      What made me laugh is that they the state “According to AFRICOM, “no civilians were killed in this strike”. “……as if they are proud of the fact that for once, no innocents are killed; well apart from the 2 x dead men that cannot be identified of course.

    • Smaug

      Did you miss the part where they were Al-Qaeda affiliates?

      • Al Qaeda affiliates?
        What does that mean? They knew someone who knew someone who’s daddy bought a fridge from some confessed AQ’s nephew’s schoolfriend’s girlfriend’s sister?

        Haven’t you DUMB-ASSES heard of DUE PROCESS to determine guilt BEFORE dishing out the death sentence – ESPECIALLY IN OTHER PEOPLE’S COUNTRIES!

        GO HOME – JUST PHUCKING GO HOME!

        • Smaug

          It’s war, anyone sheltering them gets neutered too.

          • The US is NOT at war with Libya!

          • Smaug

            If they get in the way of killing terrorists, we will be (coughcough, Taliban).

        • neil barron

          What the hell are you doing here terrorist Taliban oh same oh same oh.

          • Which Al Qaeda?
            The one you fight in Afghanistan and Libya?
            Or the one you support in Syria?

      • Ronald

        Al Qaeda is backed by the US, they call them “moderate rebels”, these two may have disobeyed orders.

        • Smaug

          Give a retort that you actually believe.

          • Ronald

            Freedom of Information documentation provided by the CIA to Congress, available with references in WikiLeaks Files by J. Assange.
            CBS coverage of the House Ways and Means Commitee, if you have watched any Amerrican TV, its not a secret.

          • Ronald

            They did change their name to get funding from Congress to Al Nusra, but they openly declare their allegiance to Al Qaeda.

      • HighLord Gaz

        Plenty of AQ affiliates in Syria if the US really wants to get its guns off…. but of course, the US doesn’t kill terrorists on the Pentagram payroll.

        • Smaug

          Give a retort that you actually believe.

  • James

    So what’s the real reason for the bombing? Perhaps they were working against the US somehow.

    • Smaug

      They were Al-Qaeda affiliates, of course they hate the US.

    • HighLord Gaz

      US assets who went off program….

  • HighLord Gaz

    Its a pity the US can’t find the time or motivation to hit AQ in Syria. It’s not like they need to look very far to find them… they meet with them constantly in the daily terrorism planning meetings.