IS mil­i­tants killed in US air strikes

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

SEV­ERAL Is­lamic State mil­i­tants have been killed in US air strikes in Libya, the US Africa Com­mand says.

US forces con­ducted two pre­ci­sion air strikes against mil­i­tants in an area about 160km south­east of the coastal city of Sirte, the for­mer strong­hold of the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist mili­tia in Libya.

AFRICOM did not de­tail the ex­act num­ber of deaths.

A US air strike yes­ter­day killed 17 Is­lamic State mil­i­tants and de­stroyed three ve­hi­cles at a desert camp in the same area.

Libya has de­scended into chaos since dic­ta­tor Muam­mar Gaddafi was top­pled in a 2011 armed re­volt.

The coun­try is split up be­tween three ri­val gov­ern­ments – two in Tripoli and one in the eastern city of To­bruk.

Each is backed by ri­val mili­tias. Is­lamic State took ad­van­tage of the an­ar­chy to ex­pand in the oil-rich coun­try. DPA

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