The United States said today (January 19, 2017) that more than 80 Islamic State (IS) militants -- some of whom had been plotting terror attacks in Europe -- were killed by U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, according to the Reuters website.
"These strikes were directed against some of ISIL's external plotters," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Pentagon briefing today.
He added, "They certainly are people who were actively plotting [terror] operations in Europe..."
The U.S. attack last night was led by two B-2 bombers, which took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to carry out a 30-hour round trip bombing run. They dropped about 100 precision-guided munitions on the camps.