Before the United States bombed ISIS, someone else bombed ISIS.
Media reports that the United States has struck targets in Iraq are not accurate, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as Islamist militants advanced across northern Iraq.
“Press reports that U.S. has conducted airstrikes in Iraq completely false,” Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a post on his Twitter feed. “No such action taken.”
There were suggestions that Iraq had done it, which Iraq denied. An anonymous source blamed Turkey, but Turkey also denied it. Now someone’s planes are bombing Libyan Jihadists.
Unidentified warplanes on Monday bombed a small arms depot and other locations in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, that are controlled by Islamist-aligned militias, suggesting that a foreign state had intervened in the escalating battle for control of the city.
At least six people were killed, The Associated Press reported. The origin of the planes remained a mystery.
The airstrikes were beyond the capacity of the limited Libyan Air Force, and Libyan authorities said the planes had come from a foreign state. The United States, France, Italy and Egypt all denied responsibility.
But the targets indicated the intent of the strikes. Although the month-old conflict in Tripoli is largely a contest for power between rival coalitions of cities and tribes, one side is considered to be allied with the forces of political Islam, while the other portrays itself as fighting an Islamist takeover. The strikes on Monday all hit the Islamist side.
The two sets of air strikes could be unrelated, but there’s a certain pattern in these light air strikes being carried out in failed states against terrorists linked to Al Qaeda.
If the US isn’t doing it, who is?