Last week, US stealth bombers were deployed to Libya and carried out a protracted bombing campaign against camps on the outskirts of the city of Sirte, killing over 80 people, who they identified as ISIS “external plotters.” Today, we’re finally getting details on what officials at least thought they were doing.
Officials are now claiming that they had intelligence which suggested it was “possible” that terrorists were located at the site who were in some way linked to the mid-December Christmas market attack in Berlin. The attacker in that incident was part of an ISIS recruitment faction inside Germany itself.
Officials say that they are still trying to confirm whether the intelligence upon which the strikes were based is actually true, which seems kind of a rare admission since they killed over 80 people in the attacks, and at the time presented themselves as confident in what they were doing.
This story is also totally different from the one the Pentagon presented on the strikes, as they’d claimed the slain had fled the US-backed invasion of Sirte (albeit apparently not too far), and that they’d been planning to attack the camp for quite some time.