Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that Libyan Da’esh head Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al-Zubaydi, aka Abu Nabil, was killed on November 13 following a U.S. F-15 airstrike on a Da’esh compound in the eastern city of Derna, Libya. Abu Nabil was complicit in the infamous and cold-blooded execution of over a thousand young Iraqi soldiers at Camp Speicher in June, 2014. The Department of Defense also confirmed that this strike was the first against a Da’esh leader in Libya.
According to Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) Spokesperson Colonel Steve Warren, “Abu Nabil’s death is justice served for those Iraqis killed at Camp Speicher and proof of the U.S. commitment to hunt down, kill, or capture Da’esh adherents anywhere in the world. The U.S.-led Coalition stands with Iraq in its fight against this evil scourge. We are patient, we are persistent, and when we find Da’esh, we will crush it.”