Joint US-Libya forces bomb al-Qaeda militants: Spokesman

CAIRO (AP) – Libya’s United Nations (UN)-backed government said that joint Libyan and United States (US) forces have bombed alleged al-Qaeda militants in a southern desert town.

Tripoli-based government spokesman Mohammed al-Salak said late Wednesday the bombing took place in the town of Ubari, about 950 kilometres, south of the capital, Tripoli

He said that “this joint work coincided with a meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala at the Global Coalition to Defeat meeting last week” in Washington.

Al-Salak did not elaborate. There was no immediate comment from the US military.

Extremists expanded their reach in Libya after the country was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.