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Questions shadow U.S. strike on Algerian jihadi in LibyaHe lost an eye in Afghanistan, was earlier reported dead in fighting in Mali and now Libya says he was killed in a U.S. airstrike at the weekend. Libyan military officials said Monday that up to 17 Al-Qaeda insurgents had been killed in the airstrike while they were meeting near Benghazi, but did not name any.Even before Libya began unraveling as a state, its long barely governed southern desert served as a base for Belmokhtar fighters when he masterminded a 2013 attack across the border into Algeria on the In Amenas gas field.Belmokhtar headed one of two AQIM battalions bordering Mali.He eventually split with the fellow Algerian leader of AQIM and built his own group.
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