U.S. forces have conducted six precision strikes in Libya against an ISIS desert camp on Friday at 7:06 p.m. local time, killing 17 ISIS militants and destroying three vehicles, the U.S. Africa Command announced.
The airstrikes were conducted in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and aligned forces at the camp located approximately 150 miles southeast of Sirte.
The camp was used by ISIS to move fighters in and out of the country; stockpile weapons and equipment; and to plot and conduct attacks.
While Libya, under Prime Minister Sarraj, has made considerable progress against ISIS, most notable by dislodging ISIS fighters from Sirte last year, the terrorists have tried to take advantage of political instability there to create safe havens in parts of the country.
The statement added that the United States will track and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all appropriate, lawful, and proportional means, including precision strikes against their forces, terror training camps and lines of communication, as well as partnering with Libyan forces to deny safe havens for terrorists in Libya.
Source: U.S. Africa Command