U.S. B-2 Spirit Stealth Bombers from Whiteman AFB conduct precision airstrike in Libya. Drones perform scene “cleanup”

B-2 spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri prepares for operations, in conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Jan. 18, 2017 destroying two Daesh camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joel Pfiester)

Two B-2 stealth bombers performed a round-trip mission from CONUS (Continental US) to perform airstrikes on Daesh training camps in Libya. Drones “cleaned-up” the operation firing Hellfires at fighters trying to run to safety.

Two B-2 Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base carried out a precision air strike in Libya on Jan. 18, 2017.

According to the information released by the U.S. DoD, the raid was conducted in conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, to wipe out four Daesh camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte.

The Spirit dropped 108 precision-guided bombs on the ISIS training camps: along with the Hellfires fired by U.S. drones (most probably MQ-9 Reapers or MQ-1 Predators often reported flying over northern Africa) immediately thereafter to “clean up” the operation, the air strike killed an estimated 85 terrorists according to Fox News who spoke with U.S. defense officials.

This is not the first time the B-2s conduct a Global Strike mission around the globe to attack ground targets in Libya: in March 2011, as happened during Operation Allied Force in 1999, the stealth bombers launched from Whiteman AFB, Missouri and with the support of many tankers along the route dropped 40 conventional bombs on the aircraft shelters at Ghardabiya airbase where no less of 7 LARAF units equipped with Mig-21s, Su-22s, Su-24s, J-21s, Mi-8s and Mi-24s were based.

A B-2 spirit stealth bomber from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base takes off in support of operations In conjunction with the Libyan Government of National Accord, the U.S. military conducted precision airstrikes Jan. 18, 2017 destroying four Daesh camps 45 kilometers southwest of Sirte. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jovan Banks)
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3 Comments

  1. B-52s are also being used in conjunction with UCAVs in Syria:

    “U.S. officials say the country’s air force has carried out trikes on a
    militant camp in Syria, killing more than 100 Al-Qaeda fighters,
    marking the final counterterrorism attack carried out under U.S.
    President Barack Obama.

    Military officials say a B-52 bomber and an undisclosed number of
    U.S. drones took part in the raid shortly after sundown on January 19
    west of Aleppo near the border with Turkey.

    They described the militants killed in the air strikes as “core” Al-Qaeda
    members.”

    See:

    http://www.rferl.org/a/u-s-air-strikes-syria-al-qaeda-100-fighters-killed/28247349.html

  2. seems like the russians are much more cost efficient at bombing the islamists. I mean you really dont need a stealth b2 to bomb islamists who have barely a few stingers to their name.

  3. This is pretty cool. The US firstly supplies rebels with equipment thne proceeds to bomb them. A real double whammy for the US tax payer!

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