On Saturday, the first airstrike was made by the US on Al Qaeda in Libya. In the attack, the group’s leader was killed. The news was made public by the US Africa Command, a body which oversees the military operations of US in the region of Libya.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Africa command said that the strike which took place in the Ubari province of Libya has killed two terrorists from Al Qaeda. One of them was Musa Abu Dawud who was a high ranking officer in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
The affiliate of Al Qaeda in the North Africa region is AQIM. The AQIM recruits were trained by Dawud in Libya for the operational attacks in this region. Dawud provided the AQIM with funds, weapons and logistic support which would help the group to counter the attacks from the US.
While coordinating with the Libyan Government of National Accord the airstrike was conducted and as a result, no civilians were killed as assessed by the military of US.
The ISIS has been targeted with airstrikes many times in Libya. Libya is a country which has been constantly facing conflicts and internal divisions after Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi was expelled out in 2011. In the coastal city of Sirte, the US aircraft have carried out more than 500 airstrikes on ISIS. After this, the terror group ISIS seized control over the city which helped to drive out the ISIS by 2016 end.
In the remote areas of Libyan deserts, USA has carried out airstrikes on ISIS. An Africa Command official told the media that it is very difficult to plan out operations that would largely affect few men living in the deserts of Libya.