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Airstrike in Libya Potentially Successful

An airstrike over the weekend is reported by the Pentagon to have been extremely successful. Although the investigation is still ongoing, it is believed that an airstrike in Libya may have killed an Islamist militant leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The airstrike had occurred on Saturday night in eastern Libya with two F-15E Strike Eagles, some of the most precise shooters and bombing aircrafts owned by the military.

Mokhtar Belmokhtar is an Algerian who is most well known for leading an attack in Algeria in January 2013 that killed 38 civilians, of which, three were American citizens. Although the group he works with has changed often, more recently, many of his former fighters have joined the Islamic State, while he has remained loyal to Al Qaeda.

Despite the Libyan government confirming the death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, initial assessments of airstrikes have occasionally proved wrong which is why the American military has become increasingly cautious about declaring targets dead or alive. For this reason, the death of Belmokhtar or any other target must be definitively proven.

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