Last night, 108 precision bombs were dropped by two B-2 bombers onto unsuspecting jihadists at two different ISIS training camps in Libya, sending them scattering. US drones "cleaned up" the remaining outliers.Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook released this statement on the Airstrikes:
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.
An estimated 85 deaths were reported after the bombing, which was approved by President Obama; his final authorization of an attack. The bombers took off from their base in Missouri, and flew around the world and back, without stopping to land, to complete their mission. They had to refuel at least 5 times while in the air. Most of the jihadists killed were from Sirte and had escaped previous military actions there. The camps were stationed about 28 miles south of the city.
According to Fox News:
The strikes used strategic nuclear-capable bombers as opposed to more conventional jets stationed in England in order to "send a strategic message" to other adversaries such as Russia and China, a source told Fox News.The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is about to leave the Mediterranean after hosting a Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, fighting the U.S. and U.N.-backed government in Tripoli. The Russians reportedly pledged weapons and financial support.
Reports suggest that no civilians were harmed during the bombing. One counterterrorism official told ABC News that "no survivors" remained after US drones swooped in after the bombs and rained bullets on those trying to escape.This is the first time that the B-2 bomber has been utilized in combat since 2011. They were previously involved in the first wave of attacks on Lybia during the Gadhafi crisis.