If your idea of freedom is a 500 kg. bomb, then it is indeed raining freedom in Libya. Without so much as a by your leave from the UN Security Council, American jets have opened a new chapter in "Air War ISIS" by bombing Islamist targets in Libya.
A US military spokesman said the attacks targeted a senior Tunisian militant linked to attacks in Tunisia last year. Sabratha's mayor Hussein al-Thwadi told Reuters the planes struck at 3.30am local time, hitting a building in the Qasr Talil district in which foreign workers were living. He said 41 people had been killed and six wounded. The death toll could not immediately be confirmed with other officials.
Sabratha lies about 50 miles west of Tripoli near the Tunisian border, and is one of the areas where Western officials say Islamic State (IS) militants had some presence as part of their expansion in the North African state.
Vice News reports it has received a leaked document indicating that EU ground forces may soon be dispatched to Libya.
Canadian defmin, Harjit Sajjan, recently hinted that Canada is considering joining the fight to drive ISIS out of Libya, perhaps even North Africa.
Neighbouring Tunisia, meanwhile, has dug a 200 km. long security canal to stop Islamists who may flee Western ground forces entering Libya.
How extensive is the Islamic State presence in Libya and how much of threat does it really pose. Those questions are addressed by Issandr el Amrani in the latest edition of Foreign Policy. You might find it helpful to have a little background on the situation in Libya and the perils and pitfalls that could befall our efforts before Canadian troops become involved.