LIBYAPROSPECT – Aya Khalil
The Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said, on Friday, that the American planes targeted the Islamic State group (IS) in Libya, as the group posed a direct threat to America.
“We’ve made it clear that we need to confront the IS wherever it rears its head”, Cook said.
“They have posed a direct threat to the United States, they have encouraged attacks against the United States and our allies and we’re going to continue to confront it to protect our national security”, Cook added.
US warplanes carried out strikes targeting the Islamic State militants at a training facility in Libya on Friday.
The facility was linked to Noureddine Chouchane, a Tunisian blamed by country for attacks last year on a Bardeu museum and the Sousse beach resort in Tunisia, which killed dozens of tourists.
Forty-one persons were killed in the American raid on a camp of the Islamic State group (IS) in Sabratha early Friday. The strikes targeted a senior Tunisian operative linked to two major terrorist attacks in Tunisia last year, the New York Times reported.
The operative, Noureddine Chouchane, was most likely killed in the strike, according to the Pentagon. The air strikes are the first on the city.
The airstrikes, on a camp outside Sabratha, about 50 miles west of Tripoli, many of those who were killed are believed to be from Tunisia, according to a Western official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss military operations.
The mayor of Sabratha, Hussain Al-Dawadi said that most of the killed are Tunisian IS members and six others had been wounded. He said the airstrikes occurred around 3:30 a.m.
The Western official said that the airstrikes on Friday morning were focused on Chouchane and did not represent the start of major new American war in a Muslim country. He added that the strikes were precise and only targeted the intended house.
The official said that investigations were carried out with one of the wounded. Tunisian authorities say that the perpetrators of major attacks took place in Tunisia recently were trained in camps in Sabratha.