The US military has begun a bombing campaign on the Libyan city of Sirte, a city deemed as ISIS’s administrative capital in Libya.
The strikes began after the UN-backed Government of National Accords (GNA) requested direct US support for the stagnating military campaign on Sirte. The bombings were apparently directly authorized by the “sitting duck” US President Obama.
It is most likely that the aerial campaign will not cease until the coastal Libyan city is liberated from Islamic State rule. According to the Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook, there are no more than 1,000 terrorists holed up in Sirte. It is widely believed that there are 5,000 Islamic State militants in the whole country.
Libya is currently in a state of chaos following the NATO intervention against the north African nation in 2012. Different authorities are in conflict with each other in an attempt to claim a monopoly over the war-torn country. This had opened a security vacuum in Libya allowing for the rise of a number of jihadist groups, most notable Al-Qaeda and ISIS.