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More War For Fun and Profit
- King Obama has been waging yet another unconstitutional war in Libya for months. So add Libya to the other unconstitutional wars in Syria and Yemen.
- The hairy-chested GOP warmongers could care less about the Constitution. Their only goal appears to be encouraging anarchy in every Middle Eastern nation, and allowing Islamists to expand their power.
(Reuters) - U.S. warplanes carried out air strikes against Islamic State-linked militants in western Libya on Friday, killing as many as 40 people in an operation targeting a suspect linked to two deadly attacks last year in neighbouring Tunisia.
It was the second U.S. air strike in three months against Islamic State in Libya, where the hardline Islamist militants have exploited years of chaos following Muammar Gaddafi's 2011 overthrow to build up a presence on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Pentagon said it had targeted an Islamic State training camp and killed a Tunisian militant linked to major attacks on tourists in Tunisia.
The mayor of the Libyan city of Sabratha, Hussein al-Thwadi, told Reuters the planes hit a building in the city's Qasr Talil district, home to many foreigners.
He said 41 people had been killed and six wounded. The death toll could not immediately be confirmed with other officials.
|"The constitution vests the power of declaring war|
in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition
of importance can be undertaken until after
they shall have deliberated upon the
subject and authorized such a measure."
In Libya, photos released by the municipal authorities showed a massive crater in grey earth. Several wounded men lay bandaged in hospital.
The strikes targeted a house in a residential district west of the centre, the municipal authorities said in a statement.
The house had been rented to foreigners including Tunisians suspected of belonging to Islamic State, and medium-calibre weapons including machineguns and rocket-propelled grenades had been found in the rubble, the statement said.
Since Gaddafi was overthrown five years ago by rebel forces backed by NATO air strikes, Libya has slipped deeper into chaos, with two rival governments each backed by competing factions of former rebel brigades.
Islamic State has expanded, attacking oil ports and taking over Gaddafi's home city of Sirte, now the militant group's most important stronghold outside its main redoubts in Syria and Iraq.
The United States estimates that the number of militants directly affiliated with Islamic State or sympathetic to it now operating in Libya is in the “low thousands,” or less than 5,000, a U.S. government source said.
Last November the United States carried out an air strike on the Libyan town of Derna, close to the Egyptian border, to kill Abu Nabil, an Iraqi commander in Islamic State.
Last June, a U.S. air strike targeted veteran Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar and other jihadists meeting in eastern Libya. His fate is unclear.Read More . . . .
|ISIS Islamic Police in Libya|
ISIS in Libya
Libya today after Obama's previous unconstitutional war
destabilized North Africa.