Details of USAF and FAF combat sorties against ISIL in Libya on 19-20 February

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  1. Vergennes

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    This is a good first step. The international community should work together to build up Libya's security forces especially police and coast guard. After the revolution Turkey was working hard to do this but then the country completely collapsed and split up. Other countries were also trying to help the security forces. Now there is a big refugee crisis, many people die trying to go to Europe so strengthening the Libyan coast guard is critical. ISIS also needs to be destroyed because it prevents the Libyan nation from uniting and functioning properly.
     
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    There are coordination concerns with this most recent strike though. Serbia is reporting that several of its embassy staff, kidnapped by an armed group called Special Deterrent Force, where killed at the training camp hit by the US... and that this camp wasn't necessarily that. It does seem multiple parties are operating with different intelligence and assessments of the situation, which in this case led to two Serbian diplomatic staff members being killed. Like always, there's insufficient intelligence sharing between relevant parties:

    Two Serbian embassy staffers who had been held hostage since November died in Friday’s US airstrikes on an Islamic State camp in western Libya that killed dozens, Serbian officials said on Saturday.

    Prime minister Aleksandar Vucic said there was no doubt that Sladjana Stankovic, a communications officer, and Jovica Stepic, a driver, were killed in the American bombing. They were taken hostage in November after their diplomatic convoy, including the ambassador, came under fire near the coastal Libyan city of Sabratha.

    “Apparently, the Americans were not aware that foreign citizens were being kept there,” Vucic told reporters.

    Hopefully this will spurn even greater intelligence and kinetic support cooperation between the involved and concerned parties in the US and Europe.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/20/us-airstrikes-libya-serbian-embassy-staffers-killed
     
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