RAF Lakenheath jet kills IS leader

10:29 25 November 2015

Night flying is set to begin at RAF Lakenheath

Night flying is set to begin at RAF Lakenheath


The US Air Force has revealed that the Libyan leader of ISIL was killed by a fighter jet from RAF Lakenheath.

Abu Nabil, aka Wissam Najm Abd Zayd al Zubaydi, an Iraqi national who was a longtime al Qaeda operative and the senior ISIL leader in Libya was killed during a US operation on November 13. ISIL is also known as ISIS, or Islamic State (IS).

A Pentagon spokesman for the US Air Force said Nabil’s death will “degrade ISIL’s ability to meet the group’s objectives in 
Libya, including recruiting new ISIL members, establishing bases in Libya, and 
planning external attacks on the United States.”

The spokesman added: “While not the first U.S. strike against terrorists in Libya, the attack is the first U.S. strike against an ISIL leader in Libya and it demonstrates we will go after ISIL leaders wherever they operate.”

The operation was authorized and initiated prior to the terrorist attack in Paris.

A number of RAF Lakenheath’s F-15 fighters, part of the 48th Fighter Wing, were deployed to Incirlik base in Turkey earlier this month.

Related articles

More news stories

Residents say they have been assured that a make shift caravan site set up next to the Oasis Centre in Wisbech will be gone by the beginning of the week.


A cyclist is in a serious condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital after he was in a collision with a van on the A142 between Sutton and Mepal.


A £250,000 project to get Fenland more active is celebrating its first anniversary.


Skylark Garden Centre is preparing for its biggest fireworks spectacular to date.

Most read stories

Most commented stories


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up