Pentagon confirms air strikes killed DAESH leader in Libya

DAESH leader in Libya confirmed dead as result of US air strike carried out in November

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A member of the military guards a protest against candidates for a national unity government proposed by UN envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, in Benghazi

The United States confirmed the death of Libya’s most senior DAESH leader on Monday. The militant was known as Abu Nabil.

Captain Jeff Davis, Pentagon spokesman confirmed the death of Abu Nabil on Monday. According to Davis, Nabil was targeted in a November 13 US air strike carried out by a F-15 aircraft in the city of Derna.

Davis also confirmed that a senior leader of another militant group was killed in Somalia.

A senior leader in al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab was killed in another US military air strike in Somalia carried out on December 2.

The Somali leader was named by the Pentagon as Abdirahman Sandhere, also known as "Ukash," and said the strike represented a significant blow to the group. The US air strike also killed two of his associates.

The Pentagon did not say what type of aircraft was used in the Somalia air strike but the US has often used drones to attack leaders of al Shabab. A US drone strike in September 2014, killed al Shabab’s longtime emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane.

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