- The attacks are directed against EI in the area of Sirte, a city located between Tripoli and Benghazi which has become a bastion of the jihadists.
- “At the request of the Government of the Libyan National Agreement, the United States conducted an air strike precision,” said a Pentagon spokesman.
- No deployed US troops on the ground with “the specific role “support this operation.
the US government began Tuesday attacks against Islamic jihadist group Status in Libya at the request of the Government of the Libyan National Accord, one of the three in the country, sources from the Department of Defense.
The attacks are directed against EI in the area of Sirte, a city located between Tripoli and Benghazi which has become a bastion of the jihadists, the Pentagon said. “Today, at the request of the Government of the Libyan National Agreement the United States conducted a precision airstrike against targets in Sirte EI”, the source added.
This is the first time the United States makes an airstrike against targets in Libya EI at the request of that government to support local forces and, according to Pentagon spokesman specified, Peter Cook , operations are repeated. Earlier, in November and February, US forces conducted two separate bombing ringleaders of EI Libya, but said Cook, these operations are different.
“I do not think desirable to specify the rate of the next attack,” Cook, who said that future bombings follow a “close coordination process” with the Libyan Government said specific objectives and analyze the national security team of US President Barack Obama.
“The objectives are those that must be attacked with precision and to minimize civilian casualties, in places where the Libyan provisional government can not hit,” said Cook, who explained that in this attack a tank and vehicles EI was destroyed.
“Our goal is to eliminate the EI”
the Pentagon said the attack was authorized by Obama, after consulting with Defense secretary Ash Carter , and the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford.
The Defense Department considered that this transaction falls within its measures to defeat the EI Allied air support local forces , similarly as in Iraq and Syria, where the bombing started almost two years ago. “Our goal is to eliminate the EI of their stronghold of Sirte in Libya,” Cook, who considered that still entrenched in Sirte EI hundreds of militiamen said.
“Attacks on Sirte EI will continue in order to allow the government of the Libyan National Accord make decisive and strategic progress,” forward the Pentagon said in a statement. Cook said that have not deployed US troops on the ground with “specific role” to support this operation in Sirte, and the US presence is limited to the previously announced previously to explore special forces alliances with different factions loyal to the provisional government.
With this new operation, the United States in Libya opens a new front in its war against the Islamic State, q ue had become strong in Sirte , former stronghold of deposed dictator Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, who died in October 2011.
Since the fall of Gaddafi regime, Libya has been plunged into chaos and civil war with up to three control authorities dispute the country: one in Tripoli that the UN considers rebellious; another in Tobruk, which recognize many countries, and a third, called Government of National Unity, which has the backing of the UN and the European Union (EU).
The chaos has been exploited by jihadist groups, and especially the Libyan branch of the Islamic State.