In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Wednesday night destroying two Daesh camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte.
The Daesh targets included individuals who fled to the remote desert camps from Sirte in order to reorganize, and they posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and U.S. national interests. While we are still evaluating the results of the strikes, the initial assessment indicates they were successful.
This action was authorized by the President as an extension of the successful operation the U.S. military conducted last year to support Libyan forces in freeing Sirte from Daesh control.
The United States remains prepared to further support Libyan efforts to counter terrorist threats and to defeat Daesh in Libya. We are committed to maintaining pressure on Daesh and preventing them from establishing safe haven. These strikes will degrade Daesh’s ability to stage attacks against Libyan forces and civilians working to stabilize Sirte, and demonstrate our resolve in countering the threat posed by Daesh to Libya, the United States and our allies.