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In this picture released online by the Sabratha Municipal Council on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 shows the site where U.S. warplanes struck an Islamic State training camp in Sabratha, Libya near the Tunisian border. (Sabratha Municipal Council via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

US launches airstrikes targeting ISIS in Libya


The United States launched airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya on Monday, targeting the coastal city of Sirte, according to CNN. 

The airstrikes are part of an ongoing air campaign in the country, a Pentagon spokesman said. 

The Libyan Government of National Accord, or GNA, asked for the United States to carry out specific airstrikes in the country. 

This comes at a time when there are growing concerns about the Islamic State's ability to inspire terror attacks across the region and in Europe. 

US launches airstrikes targeting ISIS in Libya

"GNA-aligned forces have had success in recapturing territory from ISIL thus far around Sirte, and additional U.S. strikes will continue to target ISIL in Sirte in order to enable the GNA to make a decisive, strategic advance," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said. 

According to CNN, President Obama authorized the airstrikes at the recommendation of Defense Secretary Ash Carter. 

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