All Belligerents in Libya

An injured boy stands in ruins following fighting. (via Saraya Media Center, linked to the militant Shura Council Benghazi)

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AFRICOM for September 22, 2017
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In coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord and aligned forces, U.S. forces conducted six precision airstrikes in Libya against an ISIS desert camp on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:06 p.m. local time, killing 17 ISIS militants and destroying three (3) vehicles.

The camp was located approximately 150 miles southeast of Sirte.

The camp was used by ISIS to move fighters in and out of the country; stockpile weapons and equipment; and to plot and conduct attacks.

ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring and directing terror attacks; recruiting and facilitating the movement of foreign terrorist fighters; and raising and moving funds to support their operations. These terrorists have sought safe haven and freedom of movement in Libya to launch external terror attacks in neighboring countries, and their operatives in Libya have also been connected to multiple attacks across Europe.

Prime Minister Sarraj, the GNA, and their aligned forces have been stalwart and valued partners against terrorism. While Libya has made considerable progress against ISIS, most notable by dislodging ISIS fighters from Sirte last year, the terrorists have tried to take advantage of political instability there to create safe havens in parts of the country. Left unaddressed, this would allow for this violent terrorist organization to inspire attacks against America, our allies and American interests around the world.

The United States will track and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all appropriate, lawful, and proportional means, including precision strikes against their forces, terror training camps and lines of communication, as well as partnering with Libyan forces to deny safe havens for terrorists in Libya.

The United States stands by our Libyan counterparts and supports their efforts to counter terror threats and defeat ISIS in Libya. We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing them from establishing safe haven.

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  • 6 total strikes
  • 6 in Libya

Confirmed Actions

US

In coordination with Libya’s Government of National Accord and aligned forces, U.S. forces conducted six precision airstrikes in Libya against an ISIS desert camp on Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:06 p.m. local time, killing 17 ISIS militants and destroying three (3) vehicles.

The camp was located approximately 150 miles southeast of Sirte.

The camp was used by ISIS to move fighters in and out of the country; stockpile weapons and equipment; and to plot and conduct attacks.

ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Libya to establish sanctuaries for plotting, inspiring and directing terror attacks; recruiting and facilitating the movement of foreign terrorist fighters; and raising and moving funds to support their operations. These terrorists have sought safe haven and freedom of movement in Libya to launch external terror attacks in neighboring countries, and their operatives in Libya have also been connected to multiple attacks across Europe.

Prime Minister Sarraj, the GNA, and their aligned forces have been stalwart and valued partners against terrorism. While Libya has made considerable progress against ISIS, most notable by dislodging ISIS fighters from Sirte last year, the terrorists have tried to take advantage of political instability there to create safe havens in parts of the country. Left unaddressed, this would allow for this violent terrorist organization to inspire attacks against America, our allies and American interests around the world.

The United States will track and hunt these terrorists, degrade their capabilities and disrupt their planning and operations by all appropriate, lawful, and proportional means, including precision strikes against their forces, terror training camps and lines of communication, as well as partnering with Libyan forces to deny safe havens for terrorists in Libya.

The United States stands by our Libyan counterparts and supports their efforts to counter terror threats and defeat ISIS in Libya. We are committed to maintaining pressure on the terror network and preventing them from establishing safe haven.

AFRICOM for January 18, 2017 – January 19, 2017
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January 19, 2017

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.

Report Date

January 19, 2017

Report Summary

  • 2 total strikes
  • 2 in Libya (496 – 497)

Confirmed Actions

US

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.

Pentagon for December 5, 2016
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At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

December 5, 2016

  • Three enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 495.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Update from AFRICOM on December 20th:

AFRICOM concludes Operation Odyssey Lightning

The United States Africa Command concluded Operation Odyssey Lightning Dec. 19, following an announcement from the Libyan government of the end of offensive military operations in Sirte.

In partnership with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the operation succeeded in its core objective of enabling GNA-aligned forces to drive Daesh out of Sirte by conducting 495 precision airstrikes against Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, heavy guns, tanks, command and control centers and fighting positions.

The United States remains committed to working with the GNA, the Libyan people and partners in the region to counter the evolving threat of Daesh and other violent extremist organizations.

Additional US unilateral strikes against Al Qaeda and ISIS

The Pentagon declared a small number of unilateral airstrikes against so-called Islamic State between November 2015 and February 2016, which preceded the formal invitation from Libya’s GNA.

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Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Libya

Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Libya (493 – 495)

Confirmed Actions

US

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

December 5, 2016
Libya: 3 strikes

December 5, 2016

Three enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 495.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Update from AFRICOM on December 20th:

AFRICOM concludes Operation Odyssey Lightning

The United States Africa Command concluded Operation Odyssey Lightning Dec. 19, following an announcement from the Libyan government of the end of offensive military operations in Sirte.

In partnership with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the operation succeeded in its core objective of enabling GNA-aligned forces to drive Daesh out of Sirte by conducting 495 precision airstrikes against Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices, heavy guns, tanks, command and control centers and fighting positions.

The United States remains committed to working with the GNA, the Libyan people and partners in the region to counter the evolving threat of Daesh and other violent extremist organizations.

Additional US unilateral strikes against Al Qaeda and ISIS

The Pentagon declared a small number of unilateral airstrikes against so-called Islamic State between November 2015 and February 2016, which preceded the formal invitation from Libya’s GNA.

Pentagon for December 2, 2016 – December 4, 2016
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December 4, 2016

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

December 2, 2016

  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Four enemy fighting positions
  • Four enemy fighting positions
  • Four enemy fighting positions

December 3, 2016

  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • 15 enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 492.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Report Date

December 4, 2016

Report Summary

  • 22 total strikes
  • 22 in Libya

Report Summary

  • 22 total strikes
  • 22 in Libya (471 – 492)

Confirmed Actions

US

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

December 2, 2016
Libya: 8 strikes

December 2, 2016

Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Four enemy fighting positions
Four enemy fighting positions
Four enemy fighting positions
December 3, 2016
Libya: 14 strikes

December 3, 2016

Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
15 enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 492.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Pentagon for December 1, 2016
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At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

December 1, 2016

  • One enemy fighting position
  • One enemy fighting position
  • One enemy fighting position

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 470.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Report Date

Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Libya

Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Libya (468 – 470)

Confirmed Actions

US

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

December 1, 2016
Libya: 3 strikes

December 1, 2016

One enemy fighting position
One enemy fighting position
One enemy fighting position

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 470.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Pentagon for November 30, 2016
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At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

November 30, 2016

  • Five enemy fighting positions
  • Five enemy fighting positions
  • Four enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 467.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

Report Date

Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Libya

Report Summary

  • 3 total strikes
  • 3 in Libya (465 – 467)

Confirmed Actions

US

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

November 30, 2016
Libya: 3 strikes

November 30, 2016

Five enemy fighting positions
Five enemy fighting positions
Four enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 467.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

Pentagon for November 29, 2016
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At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

November 29, 2016

  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 464.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Report Date

Report Summary

  • 4 total strikes
  • 4 in Libya

Report Summary

  • 4 total strikes
  • 4 in Libya (461 – 464)

Confirmed Actions

US

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

November 29, 2016
Libya: 4 strikes

November 29, 2016

Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 464.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Pentagon for November 28, 2016
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At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

November 2, 2016

  • Three enemy fighting positions
  • Three enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Two enemy fighting positions
  • Four enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 460.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.

Report Date

Report Summary

  • 5 total strikes
  • 5 in Libya

Report Summary

  • 5 total strikes
  • 5 in Libya (456 – 460)

Confirmed Actions

US

At the request of, and in coordination with, the Libyan Government of National Accord, U.S. Africa Command conducted precision air strikes against Daesh targets in Sirte, Libya. As a result, the following target was struck by U.S. forces:

November 2, 2016
Libya: 5 strikes

November 2, 2016

Three enemy fighting positions
Three enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Two enemy fighting positions
Four enemy fighting positions

This airstrike brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 460.

The U.S. stands with the international community in supporting the GNA as it strives to restore stability and security to Libya.

These actions, and those we have taken previously, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies.