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US strikes against ISIS camp in Libya kill 17 fighters

The U.S. military carried out six strikes against an Islamic State camp in Libya killing 17 fighters, U.S. Africa Command said in a release on Sunday.

The strikes, conducted on Friday in coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord, also destroyed three Islamic State vehicles.

“The camp was located approximately 150 miles southeast of Sirte,” AFRICOM said, adding that the location was used by the terror group to move fighters in and out of Libya, stockpile weapons and equipment, and to plot and conduct attacks.

According to U.S. authorities, Islamic State and al-Qaeda have been using ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries and conduct terrorist activities.

“The United States will track and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all appropriate, lawful, and proportional means, including precision strikes against their forces, terror training camps and lines of communication, as well as partnering with Libyan forces to deny safe havens for terrorists in Libya,” the release said.

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