By Sami Zaptia.
London, 28 September 2019:
In the third operation of its kind in September, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) conducted an airstrike near Murzuq in south west Libya yesterday reportedly killing 17 ‘‘terrorists’’.
AFRICOM reported that ‘‘In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted an airstrike targeting ISIS-Libya terrorists in southwest Libya, September 26, 2019.
“This ongoing campaign against ISIS-Libya demonstrates that U.S. Africa Command persistently targets terrorist networks that seek to harm innocent Libyans,” said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Heidi Berg, director of intelligence, U.S. Africa Command. “We will continue to pursue ISIS-Libya and other terrorists in the region, denying them safe haven to coordinate and plan operations in Libya.”
U.S. Africa Command continues to support diplomatic efforts to stabilize the political situation in Libya in order to maintain our common focus on disrupting terrorist organizations that threaten regional stability.
At this time, it is assessed the airstrike killed seventeen (17) terrorists.
Currently, we assess no civilians were injured or killed as a result of this airstrike.’’
Yesterday’s airstrike brings the total of alleged terrorists killed by AFRICOM to 26 this month.
It will be recalled that AFRICOM reported that it had conducted airstrikes in the same area on 24 September killing 11 terrorists and it reported another airstrike on 19 September reportedly killing 8 terrorists.