US increases drone surveillance to monitor ISIS in Libya

The United States (US) has moved surveillance drones into the skies over Libya to gather intelligence and get a better picture of what’s going on in case additional military strikes against Islamic State militants are authorised.

The top US military officer told a Senate committee on Thursday that the Pentagon has shifted assets to Libya, based on recommendations from the US commander for Africa. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Joseph Dunford, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the decision was made more than a month ago to increase resources for US Africa Command.

US officials say the decision allows the Pentagon to shift unmanned aircraft to Libya. Dunford said he agrees with assessments that there are about 6,000 Islamic State militants in Libya. The rise of the Islamic State in Libya has triggered broad concerns, particularly in Europe.

Earlier in April, Army General David Rodriguez,

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