Joint Libyan and U.S. forces conduct airstrike against al-Qaida militants in Southern Libya

Few weeks after French warplanes in Chad attacks Libyan rebels, and prevented rebel incursion into the country, Libya’s U.N.-backed government says that joint Libyan and U.S. forces have bombed alleged al-Qaida 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 , or 590 miles, south of the capital, Tripoli.

He said that “this joint work coincided with a meeting between U.S. 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. The U.S. military’s Africa Command said it was not involved in the raid.

Islamic extremists expanded their reach in Libya after the country was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Darek Liam

Darek Liam is the North African editor for AMB, where he writes about the intersection of Technology and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade, previously as African Union correspondent.