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The Pentagon officially confirms an airstrike in Libya near the Tunisian border

(B2) Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook officially confirmed that there were strikes this morning (February 19), carried out during a US air raid in Libya, near Sabratha (at the western Libya, near the Tunisian border). The strikes carried out by two F-15s which took off from the Royal Air Force base at Lakenheath (in Suffolk) targeted one of the training camps of the Islamic State organization (ISIL/Daesh), and particularly , the Tunisian Noureddine Chouchane (alias) “Sabir”, suspected of being involved in the attack on the Bardo museum in Tunis, by having provided logistics to the perpetrators of the attack. “ This strike demonstrates that we will seek out ISIL wherever necessary, using the full range of means at our disposal. adds Peter Cook. Around XNUMX people were reportedly killed or injured during the raid.

Early this morning the US military conducted an airstrike in Libya targeting an ISIL training camp near Sabratha and Noureddine Chouchane, aka “Sabir,” a Tunisian national who was an ISIL senior facilitator in Libya associated with the training camp. (…) Destruction of the camp and Chouchane's removal will eliminate an experienced facilitator and is expected to have an immediate impact on ISIL's ability to facilitate its activities in Libya, including recruiting new ISIL members, establishing bases in Libya, and potentially planning external attacks on US interests in the region. We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate. This strike demonstrates we will go after ISIL whenever it is necessary, using the full range of tools at our disposal.

The Americans had already carried out an airstrike in November when F-15 planes targeted a commander named Abu Nabil.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).