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Airstrike in Libya kills high-ranking al-Qaida commander | Military Times

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An airstrike in Ubari, Libya, has killed two al-Qaida members, one of whom was Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking commander for the terror group, U.S. Africa Command announced Wednesday.

Dawud had been on the U.S. State Department’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist list since May 2016. He had been involved in terror activity since the early 1990s, and was a senior member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM — the terror group’s affiliate in Africa’s Sahel and Sahara regions.

The strike that killed Dawud was conducted on March 24 in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the United Nations-backed interim government there.

Ubari, where the strike occurred, is situated on a major highway that feeds into Algeria. AFRICOM would not comment on the strike’s closeness to the Algerian border, or what it means for the possibility of future operations in the area.

Source: Airstrike in Libya kills high-ranking al-Qaida commander | Military Times

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