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U.S. stealth bombers, drones launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Libya

U.S. stealth bombers, drones launch airstrikes against Islamic State in Libya

In a dramatic use of U.S. air power, a pair of B-2 stealth bombers flew from Missouri to North Africa on Wednesday and dropped dozens of bombs on two camps in the Libyan desert, killing more than 80 suspected Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The long-range air raid, authorized by President Obama two days before he leaves office, marks the first use of the radar-evading B-2 bombers in combat since the first night of the U.S.-led air war that helped local insurgents overthrow Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi in 2011.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters at the Pentagon that some of the Islamic State operatives targeted Wednesday “were involved in...

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