Obama's Last Attack: US B-2 Bombers Strike ISIS Camps In Libya, Killing Dozens

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With just 24 hours left in Obama's tenure, the U.S. president launched his final airstrike on ISIS after two B-2 bombers carried out airstrikes on two ISIS camps in Libya overnight, defense officials said Thursday, part of an operation targeting militants driven out last year from their coastal stronghold. The stealth bombers struck jihadis 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte, located halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi.

A map showing location of Sirte, Libya.

A U.S. official told NBC News that "several dozen" militants were believed to have been killed in the strikes

According to Reuters the mission was coordinated with Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). The Pentagon added that many of the targets had previously been inside Sirte until it was liberated from ISIS late last year.

ISIS was believed to have about 5,000 fighters in the area at the height of its influence, according to estimates from the head of the United States Africa Command. However, that number is now believed to be around 2,000.

 

US Precision airstrikes in support of Libyan government forces against ISIS were launched in August 2016.

Below is the statement released shortly after the bombing by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Airstrikes in Libya:

In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Wednesday night destroying two ISIL camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte. The ISIL terrorists targeted 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 ISIL control. The United States remains prepared to further support Libyan efforts to counter terrorist threats and to defeat ISIL in Libya. We are committed to maintaining pressure on ISIL and preventing them from establishing safe haven. These strikes will degrade ISIL's ability to stage attacks against Libyan forces and civilians working to stabilize Sirte, and demonstrate our resolve in countering the threat posed by ISIL to Libya, the United States and our allies.

Following the strikes, GNA officials said they would continue to clear the territories around Sirte of IS jihadists. The GNA mission to drive out IS militants from Sirte has frequently been aided by US airstrikes.

Islamic State gained a foothold in Libya after the country plunged into chaos following the NATO-backed ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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tmosley's picture

See? SEE!!?? I FOUGHT ISIS TOO!

froze25's picture

My gut tells me this is the military generals acting on their own while the transition is underway.

BaBaBouy's picture

Its Amazing How many of these fuckers there are, they are everywhere, in numbers... Thanks Omaba...

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Reminds me of the Night of the Long Knives.

NoVa's picture

I just finished reading "Jefferson's Wars" - an excellent history book regarding the events leading up to & after the 1801 to 1805 Barbary Wars.  Musselman declared Jiihad back then - no different than today. 

A quote from Captain on one of the US vessels - " The Bey (jihad leader) does not respect peace.  The Bey only respects a cannon pointed in the Bey's mouth."

 

NoVa

 

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) NoVa Jan 19, 2017 10:59 AM

As Obama leaves office,"Youth Misery Index" hits all-time high

 http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-01-19/as-obama-leaves-office-youth-m...

BurningFuld's picture

What Trump needs to do first thing tomorrow is apologize to Planet Earth for Obomber's bombing campaign, interference in other country's affairs, military aggression, and the list goes on.

whatamaroon's picture

Trump needs to apologize to the American people, on how stupid ohfuckhead has been.

BullyDog's picture

"So guys, do we know of any other assets that might testify against us"  Nope we droned them folks too, and now we are trying to tie up all the other loose ends.  

 

Nah,, would never happen would it?

Ghost of Porky's picture

He's pretty good at killing people.

BarkingCat's picture

No. The dipshits that voted for Obama need to do the apology

Eyjafjallajökull's picture

Beautiful farewell act for a Nobel Peace Prize winner. Probably only peaceful targets were hit...

Dormouse's picture

Not quite moderate enough rebels who crossed the pink line once too often.

847328_3527's picture

Wait until BLM learns that Obama has killed over 1,000,000 brown and black people.

 

They'll either be shocked... or imprssed.

edotabin's picture

They will be as vocal or as silent as the people who cut their paycheck tell them to be.

Free Spirit's picture

"Not quite moderate enough rebels"....  I would guess these rebels are affiliated with groups of the old (Khadaffi) regime since Sirte was - and far as I know - still is the capital of the people in Libya that supported Khadaffi, who was both born as well as killed in Sirte.  

(Wikipedia claim that ISIS later attacked and occupied Sirte later thus providing moral support for USA bombing "ISIS Sirte", but it does not make sense. Seems more logical that "ISIS attacking Sirte" in reality was US supported terrorists attacking Khadaffi-loyalists in Sirte. Then since I do not believe that US will bomb their own "ISIS terrorists" it should be the Khadaffi-loyalists that now are being bombed again for the umpteenth time ...)

BandGap's picture

Vince - This might be a dry run for the use of the B-2s in other arenas. No better way to hone your skills than against the second team, or better yet, the "JV" squad.

Can't help but think that NATO as gauging the B-2 effectiveness and this was an easy way to get some data on how well they work against radar/detection systems (their own, not the Libyans).

Call me jaded.

NumNutt's picture

Or maybe an attempt to kill off the last remaining loose ends in Libya that could testify against TPTB?

Chupacabra-322's picture

Mujahideen = Armed, funded & trained by the Pure Evil Criminal Pychopaths at the CIA.

Al CIA duh = CIA

I CIA SIS = CIA

CIA = Deep State

See a trend?

flaminratzazz's picture

we cant build a toaster worth a fvk. but we can bomb ths shitouta brown people.

BorisTheBlade's picture

Who thought a brown president would be so good at killing brown people. Didn't Nobel Peace Prize for nothing. And I bet he'll miss his Tuesday droning briefings.

cossack55's picture

So that is like what.....$25K/body?

VD's picture

prob a lot more -- obammy has hours to go to jack up the debt -- are we at 20 trillion yet?

Dapper Dan's picture

That operation probably cost $20 million

newmacroman's picture

If there are 1000 bodies, yeah

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

Which military generals, the ones under CIA cover, or the real military generals?  This rabbit hole goes pretty deep.......

Two-bits's picture

You ain't just whistling Dixie there, Thought Processor. The stars of our military have been hand picked to weed out the strong. I hope it is up on Jim Mattis' to do list to promote some leadership into the General ranks. 

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

I honestly think that was the whole reason that Trump selected him.  Time will tell however.  Actions will speak.  Words at this point are worthless.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Question is, will the Black Hat Deep State turn it over the White Hat Deep State.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

ISIS is a US/Israeli/Saudi proxy.

Story makes no sense.

Two-bits's picture

Covering tracks? 

Had to erase some erroneous equipment drops and weapons cashes.

Thought Processor's picture

 

 

No shit, wow.  Gotta clean up those loose ends huh boys? 

 

This would be funny if it weren't true.

Luc X. Ifer's picture

That was my thought also, some clean-up ops, stuff - either ppl, equipment, docs needed to go away before the new admin can get them

Two-bits's picture

...halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi...oh, yeah, sweeping the mess under the desert carpet.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Put it in your History Books "Folks." Another Company Man, War Crimnal Treasonist CEO.

The Chief's picture

Bingo...likely target was CIA "assets" that wouldn't take the yellow pill. A "get Jason Bourne" type thing.

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

just tampering with the evidence

junction's picture

Obummer at work creating more holes in the desert.  The real ISIS leaders have already left Libya for homes in Jaffa and Los Angeles, courtesy of the Mossad and John Brennan.

Crash Overide's picture

Obama and Hillary destroyed Libya, it's on them.

cowdiddly's picture

Nothin like kickin yur own ass in a fight. Don't worry Obutthole in 28 hours Adults will clean up your mess for you

peddling-fiction's picture

But his nose needs to be rubbed in the poop a couple of times to housetrain O'Bambi.

That's what responsible adults do.

Its for the children.

cherry picker's picture

Leave Libya alone.  How many women, children and innocent men died this time?

gatorengineer's picture

how about the US leaving everyone alone....

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

how about the US leaving everyone alone....

you mean allowing the world economy NOT to use dollars for trade?

why have a FED then?

flapdoodle's picture

I wonder if this is to kill off witnesses to Benghazi before Trump can get to them... why would the US want to strike at its own creation ISIL/ISIS, particularly the day before the inauguration of an new President unsympathetic of the neocon agenda??

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

why would the US want to strike at its own creation ISIL/ISIS, particularly the day before the inauguration of an new President unsympathetic of the neocon agenda??

I like your rhetorical question