U.S. Confirms Death of Top Islamic State Leader in Libya

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A U.S. F-15 jet fighter. The head of ISIS in Libya was confirmed dead on Monday, having been killed during airstrikes carried out by F-15 aircraft in November. Nikola Solic/Reuters

The United States on Monday confirmed the death of the Islamic State's senior leader in Libya, known as Abu Nabil, who was targeted in a Nov. 13 U.S. air strike carried out by F-15 aircraft on a compound in the city of Derna.

Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis also confirmed that a senior leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated group al Shabaab was killed in a U.S. military air strike in Somalia carried out on Dec. 2. The Pentagon named him as Abdirahman Sandhere, also known as "Ukash," and said the strike represented a significant blow to the group.