The Pentagon has confirmed that one of ISIS’s top commanders in Libya was killed in a U.S. airstrike last month.
The operation to kill Iraqi national Abu Nabil in the eastern port city of Darnah was conceived before terrorists went on a rampage in the French capital, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.
It is believed the commander had previously been governor of Salah-ad-din province in Iraq before he was dispatched to ISIS’s franchise in Libya.
There has also been speculation that Abu Nabil was the man who threatened the West in the ISIS propaganda video in which 21 Coptic Christians were executed on a Libyan beach.
Mr Cook said: ‘Nabil’s death will degrade ISIS’ ability to meet the group’s objectives in Libya, including recruiting new ISIS members, establishing bases in Libya and planning external attacks on the United States.