US B-2 bombers have carried out airstrikes against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the North African country of Libya, killing over 80 terrorists, according to Pentagon officials.
Outgoing US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that the bombers attacked two Daesh military camps on Wednesday located about 45 km (28 miles) southwest the city of Sirte.
“We need to strike ISIL everywhere they show up,” Carter told reporters at the Pentagon on his last day office.
“These strikes were directed against some of ISIL’s external plotters, who were actively planning operations against our allies in Europe,” he added.
In a statement on Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook confirmed the US military conducted strikes.
“The ISIL terrorists targeted included individuals who fled to the remote desert camps from Sirte in order to reorganize, and they posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and US national interests,” Cook said.
The airstrikes come…