- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

Terrorists in Libya were recently visited by two U.S. B-2 Spirit stealth bombers screaming through the skies with over 17,000 pounds of thrust in each engine.

The Libyan Government of National Accord worked in conjunction with the U.S. officials on Wednesday prior to a mission that dropped 108 precision-guided bombs on two of the Islamic State group’s training camps. The round-trip operation began at 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

A Defense official told Fox News that strikes took place near the coastal city of Sirte. Roughly 85 individuals were killed during the mission, which also utilized Predator drones to destroy survivors.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that members of the training camps were “actively plotting operations in Europe.”

B-2 Spirit multi-role bombers are manned by two pilots that can climb to a ceiling of 50,000 feet. The aircraft, which carries conventional or nuclear weapons, also has 40,000 pounds of payload capacity.

Joint Attack Surface Standoff Missiles, or JASSMs, were launched from the internal weapons bay of the long-ranger bomber for the first time in August 2016. The feat increases the B-52’s stand-off cruise missile payload by more than 60 percent.

“For long-range operations, this means less drag. The aircraft can fly further and faster and still return to base after the mission,” Jose Estrada, a weapons integration engineer with the USAF’s 775th Test Squadron, said Aug. 12, 2016.

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