US intensifies its attacks against ISIS in Libya

The US military has announced the death of seven ISIS mercenaries in an air strike in southern Libya, the fourth in less than two weeks.

The commander of US military operations in Africa, General William Gayler, said in a statement on the website of "AFRICOM "Our campaign against ISIS and other terrorist cells in Libya undermines their ability to carry out effective operations against the Libyan people."

The new strike on Sunday raised the number of mercenaries killed by US forces in Libya since September 19 to 43.

 “We sought ISIS-Libya and other terrorist cells, degrades its ability to carry out operations against the Libyan people. By disrupting the plans, training and activities of terrorists, we are also reducing their ability to threaten the interests of the United States and partners in the region.

He stressed that the US-African leadership continues to support diplomatic efforts to stabilize the political situation in Libya in order to maintain a common focus to eliminate "terrorist organizations" that threaten regional stability.

AFRICOM launched three air strikes on September 19, 24 and 26 near the desert town of Marzouk, about 1,000 kilometers south of Tripoli, resulted in the killing 8, 11 and 17 ISIS mercenaries, according to the US military's Africa Command.

It is noteworthy that Turkey continues to send weapons, ammunition and drones to Libya despite the UN decision to ban the supply of arms to this country after the overthrow of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The Libyan National Army accuses Turkey of sending these weapons to "terrorist" groups.

Documents found with ISIS showed Turkish support for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, most foreign ISIS crossed into Syria and Iraq through Turkey, and their passports had Turkish stamps, as well as “additives” in several large Turkish cities dedicated to receiving mercenaries on their way to Syria or Iraq or go back home.



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