Thursday, November 3, 2016

U.S. Launches New Helicopter Strikes In Libya

Hundreds of airstrikes have been unleashed by the US on Islamic State jihadists in Libya but the only previously confirmed deployment of the Cobra gunships came at the end of August (AFP Photo/Odd Andersen)

AFP: US Marines in new helicopter strikes in Libya

Rome (AFP) - US Marines are using Super Cobra attack helicopters to mount close-range airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Libyan city of Sirte, the US navy said Thursday.

The gunship attacks, the first of their kind to be confirmed in over two months, were launched overnight from the USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship deployed off the North African state.

A statement from the US navy's base at Naples in southern Italy said the Cobras were carrying out "precision airstrikes" during combat operations in Sirte, a coastal city where IS loyalists established a base in 2015.

The US Naval Forces in Europe base did not immediately provide further details of the scope, objectives or impact of the attacks.

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WNU Editor: For the past few weeks the U.S. has been under pressure to get more directly involved in the Libyan civil war .... Libya's Chaos Prompts New US Calls for Action (VOA). I guess they are now following up on these requests.

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