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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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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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February 16, 2015

Islamic State execute 21 Coptic Christians held in Libya

Islamic State execute 21 Coptic Christians held in Libya

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Monday, February 16, 2015

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  • 15 September 2014: Libya accuse Qatar of intervening on side of rebels
  • 7 September 2014: Libya accuse Sudan of arming ‘terrorist group’
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A video purporting to show the execution of 21 Coptic Christians by supporters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been released yesterday. The video shows them being beheaded in a location apparently near Tripoli in Libya.

The captives, all shown being executed in orange jumpsuits in the video, were picked up in Sirte, a coastal town in Libya, during December and January. The video asserts the Christians were targeted by ISIL because of their religion.

The Coptic Orthodox Church stated they were “confident” justice would be done on those who executed their followers. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stated: “Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and sharing the same goals”.

Al-Azhar University, a Cairo-based centre for Islamic learning, described the killing of Christians “barbaric” and stated the actions have “nothing to do with any religion or human values”.



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October 20, 2011

Former Libyan leader Gaddafi killed

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Former Libyan leader Gaddafi killed

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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  • 16 February 2015: Islamic State execute 21 Coptic Christians held in Libya
  • 15 September 2014: Libya accuse Qatar of intervening on side of rebels
  • 7 September 2014: Libya accuse Sudan of arming ‘terrorist group’
  • 28 August 2014: US says Egypt and UAE responsible for air attacks on Tripoli
  • 24 August 2014: Renegade General’s forces claim responsibility for aerial attacks on Tripoli
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A photo of Muammar Gaddafi in 2009.
Image: U.S. Navy.

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been killed after heavy fighting in his home town of Sirte.

Libyan television today announced that former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi was killed by revolutionary forces in Sirte following weeks of brutal fighting.

The Libyan Prime minister said Gaddafi was captured unharmed by National Transitional Council forces but was shot in the head during crossfire with Gaddafi loyalists, and died soon after. There are various other, conflicting reports on Gaddafi’s cause of death.

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The National Transitional Council Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam has said that the death of Gaddafi was “a great victory for the Libyan people” and that “Colonel Gaddafi is history”.

A picture of a wounded man taken from a mobile phone was released shortly after the news of his capture broke, although it could not be independently verified whether the man was indeed Gaddafi.

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March 7, 2011

Libyan government accuses three Dutch helicopter crew of transporting spies

Libyan government accuses three Dutch helicopter crew of transporting spies

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Three members of a Dutch navy helicopter crew that were detained by an armed unit loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, while they were attempting to evacuate two European nationals from Sirte last Sunday, have been accused Thursday of transporting spies. The Lynx helicopter had taken off from the Tromp, a Dutch naval warship.

According to the Libyan government, the crew, consisting of two men and a woman, entered Libyan airspace “in breach of international law.” Libyan state TV says their mission was to evacuate or drop off spies. No official word has been sent from the Libyan government to the Dutch on spying charges.

“The aim of the helicopter (Lynx) mission was to drop or pick up spies on Libyan soil,” said the State TV report as quoted by Monsters and Critics. The report added that there was “an international conspiracy” against Libya and Gaddafi.

The Dutch Ministry of Defense said the crew was conducting a “consular evacuation” when armed men detained them when they attempted to take-off from Sirte. Marloes Visser, a ministry spokesman, said, “We heard that they are being treated well.” The ministry said there are “intensive diplomatic talks” between the two governments to negotiate the release of the crew. Very little information has been released due to the “interests of the safety of the crew,” said Hans Hillen, the Dutch defense minister.

Libyan State TV aired footage, reportedly of the three crew members, along with weapons and American money, and a helicopter. Armed men can be seen around the helicopter, apparently celebrating its capture. The footage then shows the three crew members inside a building surrounded by plain clothed and uniformed personnel, drinking a beverage.

“At this moment they’re being held by the Libyans, and we’re doing everything in our power for a soon and safe release,” added Visser. The three are the first known foreign troops detained by Gaddafi forces since the crackdown began.



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