Wednesday, 26/2/2020 | 1:25 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

US targets Al-Qaeda in Libya air strike

TRIPOLI� The US carried out an air strike against the Al-Qaeda group in southern Libya on Wednesday night, Tripoli's UN-backed Government of National Accord said.

The strike near the town of Ubari, some 900 kilometres south of the capital, was coordinated with the GNA, said President Fayez al-Sarraj's spokesman.

It targeted a number of members of terrorist organisation Al-Qaeda, Mohamad al-Sallak said in a statement, giving no further details.

Libya has been wracked by violence and torn between rival administrations since the NATO-backed overthrow and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

The GNA was formed following a UN-backed deal in December 2015, but it has struggled to impose its power across the country.

The US military regularly carries out air strikes in Libya against Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group.

Last year in August it said it had killed a Daesh member described by a source as a former local leader of the militants.

In June the US said it had killed four members of a Daesh affiliate near the northern town of Bani Walid, while in March the Pentagon confirmed a senior Al-Qaeda operative and another militant died in a US air strike.