U.S. forces working in coordination with the Libyan authorities carried out an airstrike in opposition to an al-Qaida affiliate group southeast of Bani Walid this week, killing one fighter, the U.S. army stated in a press release Thursday.
U.S. forces are nonetheless assessing the outcomes of the strike, which was undertaken in an effort to disrupt al-Qaida within the Islamic Maghreb and deny the group’s fighters freedom of motion, U.S. Africa Command stated. It didn’t establish the slain fighter.
It stated no civilians had been killed within the assault Wednesday, which passed off about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Bani Walid, which is about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Tripoli.
The assault was the second in opposition to al-Qaida within the Islamic Maghreb in latest months. A U.S. strike on March 24 killed Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking member of the group, the army stated.