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US warplanes have carried out air strikes targeting fighters aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Libya, killing dozens of people, possibly including a senior leader of the armed group.
Peter Cook, Pentagon press secretary, said in a press conference that the operation was carried out to prevent the group from carrying out "external attacks against US interests."
Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan reports from Washington DC.