USMC Super Cobra attack helicopters strike ISIS in Libya

Source: Daily Nation/AFP

US Marines are using AH-1Z Viper Super Cobra attack helicopters to mount close-range airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Libyan city of Sirte, the US navy said Thursday.

The gunship attacks, the first of their kind to be confirmed in over two months, were launched overnight from the USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship deployed off the North African state.

A statement from the US navy’s base at Naples in southern Italy said the Cobras were carrying out “precision airstrikes” during combat operations in Sirte, a coastal city where IS loyalists established a base in 2015.

 

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