U.S. Forces Say Drone Strike on ISIS Camp in Libya Kills 17 Militants

American forces on Friday conducted six precision airstrikes in Libya against an ISIS camp, killing 17 militants and destroying three vehicles, the military said in a statement.

The camp, located about 150 miles southeast of Sirte, 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.

A U.S. official estimated to Fox News that there are “hundreds” of ISIS fighters in Libya.

“Strikes like these will keep the numbers down,” the official told Fox News, noting that there were US warships available to strike the camp with Tomahawk cruises missiles but drones were considered the best course of action.

The American bombers refueled 15 times in the air before and returning to their base in Missouri, the Air Force said.

Officials said the conventional bombing mission was also meant to send the world a message about the ability of the U.S. military to fly nuclear-capable bombers around the world without stopping in a real life “show of force.”

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SOURCE: Fox News, Lucas Tomlinson