At least 17 ISIS militants were killed after the US carried out an airstrike in southwestern Libya, in coordination with the UN-backed government, according to the United States, Africa Commands on Friday.
“In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord, US Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS-Libya terrorists in southwest Libya on Sept. 26, 2019,” AFRICOM said in a statement.
The statement assessed that 17 terrorists were killed in the airstrike, causing no civilians casualties.
Some Islamic State militants retreated south into Libya’s desert as the group lost its stronghold in the coastal city of Sirte at the end of 2016.
The United States said it will not allow militants to use a conflict between eastern and western-based factions around the capital Tripoli to protect themselves.
Eastern-based forces led by Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to capture Tripoli in April, upending UN-led plans to broker a political settlement in Libya.
AFRICOM from time to time targets terrorists in Libya, in coordination with the UN-backed government.
During the past few days, AFRICOM said it carried out airstrikes that killed a number of terrorists in southern Libya, in coordination with the UN-backed government.