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Pentagon confirms Qaeda higher-up killed in Libya strike

AFP  |  Washington 

A high-ranking and another jihadist were killed in a US air strike in Libya, the confirmed today.

The March 24 strike near Ubari in killed "two terrorists, including Musa Abu Dawud, a high ranking in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) official," the US military's said in a statement.

Officials said the strike had been coordinated with the UN-backed (GNA) of

"Dawud trained AQIM recruits in for attack operations in the region," the statement read.

"He provided critical logistics support, funding and weapons to AQIM, enabling the terrorist group to threaten and attack US and Western interests in the region."

has been gripped by chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed dictator in 2011, with rival administrations and multiple militias vying for control of the

Jihadists and people-traffickers have taken advantage of the chaos to gain a foothold in the North African country.

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First Published: Thu, March 29 2018. 00:15 IST