US Strike in Libya Kills ISIS Recruits
Leader behind 2 major attacks was the target
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 19, 2016 6:32 AM CST
File photo of a US Air Force F-15 fighter jet.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – American warplanes struck multiple targets in Libya overnight, hitting what was apparently an Islamic State training camp, the AP reports. The big strike took place on a camp near the city of Sabratha, where the mayor says about 40 were killed, reports Reuters. One US official tells the New York Times that the target was a senior militant identified as Noureddine Chouchane, who's believed to be behind two major attacks in Tunisia last year, one at a beach and the other at a museum. The camp is near the Tunsian border, and it's not yet clear whether Chouchane was killed in the strikes.

President Obama last week directed his national security team to bolster counterterrorism efforts in Libya, and the US military has been closely monitoring ISIS movements in the country. While the group has emerged in other places, including Afghanistan, Libya is seen as its key focus outside of Syria and Iraq. Small teams of American military personnel have moved in and out of the country over a period of months, and British, French, and Italian special forces have helped with aerial surveillance.
 

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