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US Air Strike Kills Libya Islamic State Head

Air strike by the US has killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya, the Pentagon said on Saturday. Iraqi national Abu … Continue reading US Air Strike Kills Libya Islamic State Head


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Islamic State-2Air strike by the US has killed the leader of the Islamic State (IS) group in Libya, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, was a “long-time al-Qaeda operative and the senior Isil leader in Libya”, it said, using another acronym for IS.

There was no word on the location of the strike that took place on Friday night.

The Pentagon said the strike demonstrated that it would “go after Isil leaders wherever they operate”.

Pentagon spokesman, Peter Cook, said the operation had been authorised and taken place before terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening.

According to a BBC report, Mr Cook stated that Nabil may have been the IS spokesman pictured in a February 2015 video showing the apparent execution of Coptic Christians in Libya.

“Nabil’s death will degrade Isil’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new Isil members, establishing bases in Libya, and planning external attacks on the United States,” he said.

It has been four years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, but Libya has remained in chaos and the growth of Islamic State there has become a source of worry for Western governments.