- The Washington Times - Friday, January 20, 2017

American long-range bombers struck a major al Qaeda training camp in Syria on Thursday, reportedly killing roughly 100 militants in the strike.

The airstrike represents the final military action taken by the outgoing Obama administration.

An Air Force B-52 bomber accompanied by a several armed drones launched the strike against the camp on Thursday, located in the northwest quadrant of the country, a U.S. defense official told the Associated Press on Friday

The official characterized those killed in the attack as core al Qaeda members, and former members of the Nusra Front, a Syrian militant group formerly affiliated with the terrorist organization. Now known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, the Syrian faction of al Qaeda officially broke ranks from the organization late last year.

The core al Qaeda members killed in the strike had moved into the country shortly after Nusra Front members separated from the group, with the intent of reestablishing the group’s presence in the country, the AP reports.

The Syrian strike took place a day after a pair of stealth B-2 bombers struck a pair of Islamic State training camps in Libya. The camps run by Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, were staging bases for fighters who fled the Libyan city of Sirte. The city, which had been under ISIS control for the last two years, was liberated by Libyan forces late last year.

“The ISIL terrorists targeted included individuals who fled to the remote desert camps from Sirte in order to reorganize, and they posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and U.S. national interests,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement Wednesday.

“While we are still evaluating the results of the strikes, the initial assessment indicates they were successful,” Mr. Cook added.

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