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United States air strikes hit 7 Islamic State militant targets in Libya.

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On Monday and Tuesday, seven ISIL militant targets were struck in Sirte, Libya following the United States’ (U.S.) launch of warplanes and armed drones against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on August 1, 2016.

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Pentagon spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis, confirmed the targets which were struck in Sirte included: two T-72 tanks; military, construction and transport vehicles; a rocket launcher and an ISIL fighting position.

According to U.S. officials, Libyan militia fighters have been providing ISIL targets to American special operation forces, who are located on the ground near the ISIL stronghold in Sirte. These targets are then analysed and passed on to U.S. warplanes and drones flying overhead.

The air strikes are being conducted by Harrier jets which were deployed from the U.S. assault ship Wasp, located in the Mediterranean. The armed Reaper drones came from a base in Jordan.

This new Libyan operation, which the Pentagon has dubbed “Operation Odyssey Lightning,” also marks the first time coordinated armed drone missions from Jordan have been carried out by the U.S.

Ivan Molotkov, Moscow’s ambassador in Libya criticized the U.S. air strikes, claiming they “lack legal grounds,” as a required decision from the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council never occurred. The U.S. State Department rejected this claim.

U.S. President, Obama said the strikes are necessary in helping the U.N. backed government in Libya, to drive ISIL militants out of Sirte, who have had a stronghold on the region since July 2015.

Obama promised that the airstrikes will continue until ISIL no longer has a stronghold in Libya.


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United States air strikes hit seven Islamic State militant targets in Libya

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On Monday and Tuesday, seven ISIL militant targets were struck in Sirte, Libya following the United States’ (U.S.) launch of warplanes and armed drones against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on August 1, 2016.

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Pentagon spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis, confirmed the targets which were struck in Sirte included: two T-72 tanks; military, construction and transport vehicles; a rocket launcher and an ISIL fighting position.

According to U.S. officials, Libyan militia fighters have been providing ISIL targets to American special operation forces, who are located on the ground near the ISIL stronghold in Sirte. These targets are then analysed and passed on to U.S. warplanes and drones flying overhead.

The air strikes are being conducted by Harrier jets which were deployed from the U.S. assault ship Wasp, located in the Mediterranean. The armed Reaper drones came from a base in Jordan.

This new Libyan operation, which the Pentagon has dubbed “Operation Odyssey Lightning,” also marks the first time coordinated armed drone missions from Jordan have been carried out by the U.S.

Ivan Molotkov, Moscow’s ambassador in Libya criticized the U.S. air strikes, claiming they “lack legal grounds,” as a required decision from the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council never occurred. The U.S. State Department rejected this claim.

U.S. President, Obama said the strikes are necessary in helping the U.N. backed government in Libya, to drive ISIL militants out of Sirte, who have had a stronghold on the region since July 2015.

Obama promised that the airstrikes will continue until ISIL no longer has a stronghold in Libya.


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August 3, 2016

United States launch air strikes against Islamic State in Libya

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On Monday warplanes from the United States (US) launched strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Sirte, Libya.

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The strikes were requested by the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) as they try to remove ISIL from the city. The militant group have held the city since last year, amidst the divisions in Libya following Muammar Gaddafi‘s removal as leader in 2011.

Libyan planes have previously bombed Sirte, but lack the capability to launch precision strikes. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said these were the targets which had been targeted by the US strikes.

Forces loyal to the GNA have been engaged with ISIL in Sirte since May; in mid-July the government claimed the compaign had made its greatest gains yet. These forces are reportedly mostly comprised of militia from Misrata.

This is the first time the US has coordinated strikes with the GNA, although they have previously conducted strikes against ISIL targets in Libya. The last targeted an ISIL training camp in February.

Western officials had estimated there were as many as 6,000 ISIL fighters in Libya some months ago. Mr Cook stated there are now less than 1,000.

US officials have said the air campaign is ongoing.



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August 2, 2016

United States launch air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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On Monday warplanes from the United States (US) launched strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positions in Sirte, Libya.

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The strikes were requested by the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) as they try to remove ISIL from the city. The militant group have held the city since last year, amidst the divisions in Libya following Muammar Gaddafi‘s removal as leader in 2011.

Libyan planes have previously bombed Sirte, but lack the capability to launch precision strikes. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said these were the targets which had been targeted by the US strikes.

Forces loyal to the GNA have been engaged with ISIL in Sirte since May; in mid-July the government claimed the compaign had made its greatest gains yet. These forces are reportedly mostly comprised of militia from Misrata.

This is the first time the US has coordinated strikes with the GNA, although they have previously conducted strikes against ISIL targets in Libya. The last targeted an ISIL training camp in February.

Western officials had estimated there were as many as 6,000 ISIL fighters in Libya some months ago. Mr Cook stated there are now less than 1,000.

US officials have said the air campaign is ongoing.



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August 24, 2014

Renegade General\’s forces claim responsibility for aerial attacks on Tripoli

Renegade General’s forces claim responsibility for aerial attacks on Tripoli

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Air forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar attacked positions in Tripoli, Libya controlled by a faction of the Islamist-leaning militia known as Operation Dawn for the second time within a week yesterday, members of his group said.

Operation Dawn is comprised of fighters, mostly from Misrata, who have been fighting a militia group from Zintan. The two groups, former allies during the 2011 Libyan Civil War, have battled this year over parts of Tripoli, with fighting reportedly centered around the airport for several weeks now.

Yesterday’s attack follows a similar one reported to have occurred on the night of August 17–18, arousing speculation as to the origin of the planes. Countries including Egypt, France, and the United States have denied any involvement in either attack, with the Libyan Government opening an investigation into the source.

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—Mohamed Buisier, political adviser to General Haftar’s forces

After the attack on Monday, a spokesman for the militia group said they were not abandoning their positions and that militia fighters from other areas were joining their forces from Mosrata. A political adviser of General Haftar’s forces, speaking to Sky News, said, “Escalation by the militias in Tripoli will be met with escalation from our side until we restore security and stability to the country”. The forces are reported to have also attacked militias in Benghazi.

General Haftar threw his weight behind the forces from Zintan in May, with the central Government losing control of much of the country, now working from Tobruk away from the fighting. With no national army, they are forced to rely on militia groups, who, while paid by the state, and wearing uniforms, are reported by Reuters to answer to their own commanders and towns.



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June 24, 2011

Libyan rebels in Misrata restrict press freedoms

Libyan rebels in Misrata restrict press freedoms

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Rebel authorities in the Libyan city of Misrata have begun implementing tighter restrictions on foreign journalists in the city this week, in response to fears that spies for President Muammar al-Gaddafi may be among them.

Under the new restrictions, reporters have been barred from traveling to the front lines of the conflict, denied access to high-speed internet links and ordered to use translators approved by Misratan officials. Additionally, reporters accredited by the rebel government based in Benghazi, the National Transitional Council, are no longer recognized as such by local officials and are required to register with Misrata authorities or face deportation.

According to Mohammed Durat, an official in charge of the Misrata media center, the changes have come about because authorities “are afraid of spies from Gaddafi.” He also said that the new restrictions are intended to benefit reporters, saying that “[w]e are caring about you, we don’t want you to get any bad thing” and that “[y]ou should be happy about this.”

Morale in Misrata has fallen in recent weeks, after rebel forces have failed to expand the area they control after a month of fighting and are suffering increasing casualties. In the urban areas, after a month of reletive calm, pro-Gaddafi forces have again begun shelling buildings, with minimal response from NATO forces, despite a declaration on June 14 that NATO helicopter strikes would be carried out if civilian targets were attacked.



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June 12, 2011

Up to 31 reported dead as Libyan government troops attack Misrata

Up to 31 reported dead as Libyan government troops attack Misrata

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Pro-Muammar al-Gaddafi forces attacked Libya’s third-largest city of Misrata for much of Friday, killing up to 31 rebel fighters in the most violent day since the city came under rebel control in April.

Most of the fighting took place just west of the city, where Gaddafi’s troops launched an attack with both infantry troops and four tanks, as well as lighter weaponry, such as rockets and mortars. Rebel fighters were reportedly able to repel the assault, destroying two tanks and advancing by about 6 miles (9.7 kilometres).

Estimates of those killed by the fighting varied from as low as 22 to as high as 31, with up to 60 more reported injured, according to doctors in Misrata, making Friday the deadliest day for rebel troops since they gained control of the city.

The new assault appears to be in response to NATO helicopter attacks against Gaddafi.

While NATO aircraft attacked both communications and military equipment on Thursday night, there were no strikes by coalition aircraft during the fighting on Friday. One rebel fighter said: “I don’t know why NATO didn’t bomb. [The tanks] were very easy to see.” While NATO has been criticized by rebels for failing to provide support, one unnamed official said that NATO is “in Libya to protect civilians. The rebels have proved themselves to be very courageous but we are not there to act as their air force.”


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May 8, 2011

Gaddafi loyalists allegedly using Red Cross helicopters to bomb rebel held city

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Forces loyal to besieged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have entered into the rebel stronghold of Misrata, Libya, in helicopters bearing Red Cross markings to drop naval bombs on the port city, continuing a two-month long attack. Gaddafi forces are attempting to cut off humanitarian aid that the rebels are receiving, which primarily comes from ships which dock in Misrata’s port from humanitarian organisations.

The helicopters reportedly flew over Misrata, the third largest city in the country and located on the northwest coast of Libya, on Thursday and Friday, disguised as aid workers from the Red Cross to circumvent the no-fly zone, which was approved unanimously by the U.N. Security Council in March. The no-fly zone aims at making it impossible for Gaddafi loyalists to perform airstrikes on the rebels.

NATO, who is aiding the rebels in striking Gaddafi strongholds, stated that helicopters had been spotted flying over Misrata on Thursday, but could not confirm that the helicopters bore the Red Cross logo. A spokesperson did, however, confirm that no humanitarian missions had been scheduled to fly that day. A rebel spokesman told CNN that helicopters flying over the city on Saturday had Red Cross markings. The same day, Gaddafi’s troops were able to destroy six major fuel tanks in the city.

The latest incidents come after Italy confirmed it has not and will not supply the rebels with weapons to use against Gaddafi and his forces, but will consider sending non-lethal weapons such as radars and satellites. However, the rebel National Transitional Council said opposition representatives were flying to Italy to sign a deal that would see Italy send arms to rebel forces.



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April 23, 2011

U.S. drones enter Libya conflict

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The first attacks carried out by United States Predator drones in Libya reportedly occurred today, as the Pentagon confirmed a strike carried out by the U.S. Air Force but declined to give further details.

According to Pentagon spokesperson Darryn James, a captain in the U.S. Navy, the attack happened sometime Saturday, but withheld other information. According to the Pentagon, “common practice” regarding drone operations is to provide no more information than to confirm an attack. NATO later revealed the target was a multiple rocket launcher in the Misrata area. A statement from NATO said that, “[t]he MRL system had been used against civilians in Misrata.”

Robert Gates, the US Defense secretary, announced Thursday that President Barack Obama had given permission for drones to be used in the conflict due to their “unique capabilities.” Previously, drones had been used only in a surveillance role.

General James Cartwright, an official with the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that drones have an “ability to get down lower and therefore, to be able to get better visibility, particularly on targets that have started to dig themselves into defensive positions,” a benefit in Libya, where pro-Gaddafi forces are increasingly taking cover near civilian populations. Drones are able to make more precise attacks, which lowers the risk of civilian casualties in such areas.


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March 24, 2011

Libyan city of Misrata reported to be secure after Gaddafi forces retreat

Libyan city of Misrata reported to be secure after Gaddafi forces retreat

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Airstrikes in the Libyan city of Misrata are reported to have forced pro-government forces to retreat after a multi-day assault on the city.

Early on Wednesday, aircraft from allied countries began flying sorties over the city and dropping bombs. The strikes destroyed much of the equipment of government forces, including tanks and artillery, and after about twelve hours pro-Gaddafi troops retreated from the area.

All troops save individual snipers are reported to have left Misrata, marking the end of five days of attacks by government forces seeking to retake control of the city. The assault has reportedly killed close to a hundred people.

According to a witness, Mohammed Ali, who works at the main hospital, aircraft “bombed a lot of sites of the Gaddafi army. There is a former hospital where his tanks were based. All the tanks and the hospital were destroyed. A column of tanks was destroyed on the edge of the city. […] All that is left is [sic] the snipers and our fighters can take care of them.”

He went on to say that 94 people have died since government forces began their attack on the city, with more than 1,300 having been injured.



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