Libya: U.S. airstrike kills ISIS leader in Libya
The U.S. military on Friday killed the senior ISIS leader in Libya, the Pentagon said.
Abu Nabil, an Iraqi national and longtime al-Qaeda operative, was taken out in an airstrike authorized and initiated prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.
“While not the first U.S. strike against terrorists in Libya, this is the first U.S. strike against an ISIL leader in Libya and it demonstrates we will go after ISIL leaders wherever they operate,” Cook said.
Nabil — also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi — may also have been the terror group spokesman who appeared in a February video showing the execution on a beach by ISIS of Coptic Christians who had been taken prisoner.