Top ISIS leader in Libya 'taken out', Pentagon confirms

Abu Nabil was killed in US airstrikes last month, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed

US airstrikes carried out last month killed the head of the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon has said.

Abu Nabil was targeted in a November 13 airstrike carried out by F-15 aircraft in the city of Derna, Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said.

Nabil, also known as Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, was an Iraqi national and former al Qaeda operative before assuming his role as head of the Islamic State’s Libya affiliate.

The Pentagon also confirmed the death of a senior leader of Abdiraham Sandhere, known as “Ukash.” Sandhere, a senior leader of al Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia, was killed on Dec. 2.

Two other al Shabaab-affiliated associates were also killed in the strike.

“Ukash's removal from the battlefield is a significant blow to al-Shabaab and reflects the painstaking work by our intelligence, military, and law enforcement professionals,” Davis said.

“This is an important step forward in the fight against al-Shabaab, and the United States will continue to use the tools at our disposal- financial, diplomatic, intelligence and military - to dismantle al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups who threaten United States, interests and persons.”

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