WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US forces carried out one airstrike against an Daesh resupply point near the Libyan city of Sirte on Wednesday, the US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release.
"This…brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 176," the release stated on Thursday.
AFRICOM explained that the airstrikes, conducted in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord, will help deny Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and its allies.
The Daesh gained a foothold in Libya in the turmoil following the 2011 ouster of the country’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. The terrorist organization is outlawed in the United States, Russia and many other nations.