US-airstrike-in-Libya-kills-41-militants. SABRATHA , Libya, At least 41 people were killed Friday by U.S. airstrikes against Isis targets in northwestern Libya, the mayor of a city near a militant camp said.
The attacks came as the Obama administration ponders an increase in airstrikes against IS positions in Libya. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said last week the United States will “keep open the option to do things unilaterally [in Libya].”
The airstrikes hit an encampment of IS recruits in Sabratha, 50 miles west of Tripoli and near Libya’s border with Tunisia. Hussain al-Dawadi, Sabratha’s mayor, said thebodies of 41 people killed in the attack were brought into his city, adding six more people were injured. The majority of the casualties were Tunisian.
The intended target, Tunisian IS operative Noureddine Chouchane, was likely killed, Pentagon officials said.
By Ed Adamczyk