U.S. stealth bombers strike Islamic State fighters in Libya – The Washington Post

U.S. stealth bombers strike Islamic State fighters in Libya – The Washington Post

“A flight of U.S. B-2 stealth bombers struck Islamic State targets southwest of the Libyan city of Sirte on Monday, less than a month after the Pentagon declared an end to an extended air campaign there.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said in a statement that the aircraft hit two Islamic State encampments about 30 miles outside Sirte and that the outposts were inhabited by some of the fighters who had fled the city in the fall. The operation was approved by President Obama, Cook said.

“While we are still evaluating the results of the strikes, the initial assessment indicates they were successful,” he said. “The United States remains prepared to further support Libyan efforts to counter terrorist threats and to defeat [the Islamic State] in Libya.”

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