US airstrikes kill the leader of ISIS in Libya who is also thought to be the fanatic seen threatening the West in chilling Coptic beheading video
- ISIS commander Abu Nabil was killed by a US airstrike in Libya last month
- May have featured in video where 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded
- His death reduces ISIS’s ability to recruit in Libya, a U.S. official said
- A senior al-Shabaab commander was also killed in an airstrike in Somalia
- White American jihadi Abdimalik Jones surrenders to African Union forces
- Jones, from San Diego, angered al-Shabaab after switching allegiance to ISIS
The Pentagon has confirmed that one of ISIS’s top commanders in Libya was killed in a U.S. airstrike last month.
The operation to kill Iraqi national Abu Nabil in the eastern port city of Darnah was conceived before terrorists went on a rampage in the French capital, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.
It is believed the commander had previously been governor of Salah-ad-din province in Iraq before he was dispatched to ISIS’s franchise in Libya.
There has also been speculation that Abu Nabil was the man who threatened the West in the ISIS propaganda video in which 21 Coptic Christians were executed on a Libyan beach.
Mr Cook said: ‘Nabil’s death will degrade ISIS’ 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.
Mr Cook said the strike was the first U.S. raid against an ISIS leader in the country and demonstrates that the will ‘go after ISIS leaders wherever they operate’.
Another U.S. official said the strike by an F-15 fighter jet took place shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks began on November 13, but had been planned for some time.
The Pentagon also confirmed that a top al-Shabaab military commander was killed in a U.S. airstrike on December 2.
Abdirhaman Sandhere, also known as ‘Ukash’, was heavily involved in operations in Barawa, Lower Shebelle and was assassinated in the village of Kunyo Barrow, near Mogadishu.
Fierce clashes between Al-Shabaab fighters and ISIS turncoats have left at least 20 foreign militants dead in Somalia.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis confirmed that a senior leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabaab was killed in a U.S. military air strike in Somalia carried out on December 2.
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