Leader of ISIS terrorists in Libya killed in U.S. airstrike
The leader of the Islamic State terrorists operating in Libya was likely killed in an American airstrike, officials announced Saturday.
Abu Nabil was an Iraqi national who was a longtime Al Qaeda member before he joined the even more savage Islamic State.
Nabil was believed to be killed in a strike by an F-15 fighter jet on a command and control center near the eastern port city of Darnah.
“Nabil’s death will degrade ISIS’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new (ISIS) members, establishing bases in Libya, and planning external attacks on the United States,” said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook.
Cook said the killing of Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, represented the first U.S. strike against an ISIS leader in Libya.
The targeted killing came a day after a drone strike snuffed out Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John.”
The operation against Nabil took place shortly after the Paris terror attacks were underway Friday but it was authorized prior, officials said.
The American fighter planes were in the air when the coordinated assaults struck the City of Light, officials said.