A U.S. military spokesman has claimed an American air strike has hit and killed a top ISIS commander in Libya, in an attack which was carried out just shortly after the Paris terror attacks began last night.
According to reports on the Mail Online, the air strike struck an ISIS command centre near the eastern port city of Darnah, and it’s believed ISIS militant Abu Nabil and several other fighters were killed in the blast.
Officials are still assessing the results of the strike but they believe Nabil’s death is extremely likely and, according to the BBC, the Pentagon have now confirmed they’ve killed the head of the Islamic State group in Libya.
Iraqi national Abu Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, was referred to by the Pentagon as “longtime al-Qaeda operative and the senior ISIL leader in Libya”.
Pentagon: U.S. military conduct airstrike against Iraq's Abu Nabil – known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi – senior I.S. leader in Libya
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Although the strike on the ISIS base coincided with the terror attacks in the French capital, officials say the air strike in Libya had been planned for some time and the F-15 aircraft were already in the air when the horrific events in Paris began.
The Pentagon said today the strike demonstrated that it would “go after ISIL leaders wherever they operate”.
According to Israel National News, analyst Kevin Baron has since called the strike “a significant blow to the Islamic State’s ambitions” in North Africa.
The news of Nabil’s death, comes just a day after a U.S. air strike reportedly successfully targeted and killed Mohammed Emwazi, aka. ‘Jihadi John’.