Amid ongoing talk of by the US and other member nations of getting deeply involved in a war in Libya, US warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes against an ISIS camp west of Tripoli today, killing at least 49 people in the strike.
Officials say they’re still “assessing” who all they actually killed, but that the strike primarily targeted a Tunisia named Noureddine Chouchane, and that they believe he was “most likely killed” in the attack. Chouchane was suspected of being behind attacks in Tunisia.
US officials went on to claim that the presence of dozens of ISIS trainees at a camp near Tripoli suggested that they were planning to carry out a major attack somewhere in Europe, though exactly how they concluded this, as opposed to an ISIS plan to advance against more targets inside Libya, was uncertain.
US officials did, however, confirm that special forces on the ground in Libya directed the airstrikes. This is the first time those troops have engaged in fighting, as they were previously reported to be there primarily to court potential allies.
As the US continues to escalate its ISIS war in Iraq and Syria, officials have sold Libya as a next logical target, claiming that ISIS is moving significant numbers of commanders over there. ISIS is expanding into several other countries too, but with Libya at present apparently the more numerous, it seems to be America’s next stop-over in an increasingly global war.