US says airstrike killed top al-Qaida leader in Libya

A US airstrike last weekend in southwestern Libya killed two al-Qaida militants, including a top recruiter, the military's Africa Command said.


Musa Abu Dawud was a high ranking official of the terror network's North Africa branch, known as Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. His death was confirmed after "operational reporting" and "damage battle assessment" was completed, AFRICOM said in a Wednesday statement.


"He provided critical logistics support, funding and weapons to AQIM, enabling the terrorist group to threaten and attack US and Western interests in the region," AFRICOM said. The statement did not identify the other militant killed in the strike.


The strike took place near the Libyan town of Ubari. The US military said no civilians were killed.


Videos and photos circulated online purporting to show the aftermath of the strike show a body on the ground and shrapnel-riddled cars outside a severely damaged house. The footage could not be independently authenticated but appeared to correspond to the US military's report on the event.


פרסום ראשון: 03.29.18, 21:19