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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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Wednesday, August 3, 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 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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September 15, 2014

Libya accuse Qatar of intervening on side of rebels

Libya accuse Qatar of intervening on side of rebels

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Monday, September 15, 2014

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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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Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni yesterday accused Qatar of interfering in his country’s affairs by sending three military planes loaded with weapons to an airport in Tripoli under the control of Islamist rebels.

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The Libyan leader told the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based Arab TV channel Sky News his country would consider “breaking off relations if this interference into Libya’s internal affairs continued.” He also reiterated previous accusations against Sudan of also trying to supply the rebels.

Last month the US said Egypt and the UAE were involved in airstrikes against militants as they were in the process of capturing Tripoli.

Qatar has previously backed the Muslim Brotherhood, a group reported to have ties with the militants in Tripoli. Other countries, including Egypt and UAE, are reportedly worried about the spread of radical Islam.

Three years after the removal from power of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya now has two competing governments, one in Tripoli, and one in Tobruk where the most recently elected parliament has moved to escape the violence. Rival militias fight each other, and a renegade general is reportedly confronting the Libyan army.


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September 7, 2014

Libya accuse Sudan of arming \’terrorist group\’

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Libya asked the Sudanese military attache to leave following accusations yesterday that Sudan was arming an Islamist “terrorist group” in control of Libya’s capital, Tripoli.

Libya’s government, currently located in the eastern city of Tobruk, say a Sudanese transport plane entered Libyan airspace on Thursday bound for Tripoli’s Matiga airport, before making a refueling stop at the southern town of Kufra. During an inspection at Kufra, ammunition was found which Libya accused Sudan of intending to supply to the rebels.

Sudan have denied the accusation, claiming the ammunition was intended for a joint border force of the two countries targeting smuggling and human trafficking. Libya have said they had not given permission for the plane to enter the country’s airspace.

An international arms embargo, first imposed during the 2011 Libyan uprising, is still in effect. A statement from the Libyan government made reference to this, saying the incident “represents a clear violation of international resolutions”.

Algeria and Tunisia are both reinforcing their borders with Libya, following an arms-smuggling incident. The US has previously accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates of launching aerial attacks on Tripoli.



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August 28, 2014

US says Egypt and UAE responsible for air attacks on Tripoli

US says Egypt and UAE responsible for air attacks on Tripoli

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On Tuesday, officials of the US military said they believed recent airstrikes in Tripoli, Libya last week were the responsibility of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The announcement follows claims of responsibility from forces loyal to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, who has been moving in support of militias involved in the widespread conflict within the country. Egypt has denied responsibility, with sources reporting the government of the UAE has thus far declined to comment.

There had already been evidence suggesting foreign involvement, with reports of US-made bomb fragments found in wreckage in Tripoli. Previous attacks by General Haftar’s forces have reportedly struck Benghazi, with Libyan planes said to lack the range or capabilities for a night time attack on a target as distant as Tripoli.

US officials reportedly have been aware of the possibility of involvement from other regional countries, with Egypt, UAE and Saudi Arabia supporting secular militias, while Qatar support more Islamist forces, who are locked in violence as they contest the future of their country. Rulers within the region are also reported to be alarmed by the recent gains from Islamist factions.

Cquote1.svg “[they] are now stronger than the government itself, and [they] do now possess arms even more sophisticated than the government itself” Cquote2.svg

—Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Libyan Foreign minister

Libya’s foreign minister, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, told The Guardian the government was no longer able to defend the country’s assets, and while they did not want any outside intervention, they were in need of support and supplies. He stated the government were struggling to secure national assets against those “who are now stronger than the government itself, and who do now possess arms even more sophisticated than the government itself”.



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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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Sunday, August 24, 2014

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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.

Cquote1.svg Escalation by the militias in Tripoli will be met with escalation from our side until we restore security and stability to the country Cquote2.svg

—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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