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U.S. begins new airstrike campaign against ISIS targets in Libya

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The U.S. began a new campaign of airstrikes in Libya on Monday, four defense officials told NBC News.

The strikes will target ISIS in and around Sirte, a city halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi that has become an ISIS stronghold in the country, the officials said.

The officials described the pending strikes as targeted and well-planned.

The head of the United States Africa Command said this past spring that ISIS had about 5,000 fighters in Sirte. But the military loyal to the new Libyan government, alongside various militias, have been pounding the city for the past few months — and the U.S. military now believes there are only a few hundred to as many as 2,000 fighters left there.

The officials all explained that this will not be shock and awe — but they concede that it could be a sustained, offensive air campaign. The U.S. aircraft will not base in Libya for the operation.

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