Libya operation continues despite ISIS defeat


From Marine Corps Times:

“U.S. forces remain at the ready to fight Islamic State militants in Libya, even after the fall of the terrorist group’s last remaining stronghold in Sirte and the apparent conclusion of U.S. airstrikes.

Since Aug. 1, the U.S. military has conducted hundreds of precision air strikes against ISIS to support the United Nations–backed Libyan Government of National Accord and their battle against the extremist group.

Yet despite the official declaration that ISIS’s hold on Sirte ended in early December, U.S. military officials say the campaign in Libya – known as Operation Odyssey Lightning – continues.

“Yes, it is still underway,” U.S. Africa Command spokeswoman Robyn Mack confirmed in an email Wednesday. “In coordination with the GNA, we are continuing to monitor Sirte and its environs and are providing support as necessary to enable the final clearance of the city.”

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