Exclusive: U.S. Strikes Hit Suspected ISIS-Al Qaeda Gathering

June 15, 2015 4:37 PM

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Exclusive: U.S. Strikes Hit Suspected ISIS-Al Qaeda Gathering

A weekend volley of U.S. airstrikes on a farmhouse in eastern Libya didn’t just target a notorious, one-eyed al Qaeda leader. Mokhtar Belmokhtar—nicknamed “the Uncatchable”—was gathered together with a “Star Wars bar” of al Qaeda and ISIS members, a senior administration official tells The Daily Beast.

“He was meeting with more than 20 locals and core al Qaeda and ISIL members,” the official said, using an alternate acronym for the terror group. “He was apparently trying to bring them together,” to get the disparate militant groups to cooperate, the official added, speaking anonymously because he ...

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