August 2, 2016
From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm David DeForest reporting. The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have conducted airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya.
Officials say the strikes in the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte came at the request of the U.N.-backed Libyan Government of National Accord.
Peter Cook is a spokesman for the Pentagon. "These are targets, for example, I can detail today[was] one of the targets struck today was a tank. It is that kind of precision location, precision target, that we'll be targeting that the GNA at this point felt like that would be a helpful support for their efforts."
U.S. strikes will continue to target Islamic State forces in Sirte in order to enable the government to deny IS a safe haven in Libya.
A Russian military helicopter was shot down Monday in northwestern Syria. All five people aboard were killed.
Russia's Defense Ministry says the helicopter was hit as it returned from delivering humanitarian aid in the city of Aleppo.
Turkish forces Monday detained 11 soldiers suspected of attacking a hotel where President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was staying during an attempted coup in mid-July.
The captures were made near the resort town of Marmaris, and followed the detention last week of several other soldiers accused of targeting Mr. Erdoğan.
U.S. political surveys are showing that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton regained her edge over Republican Donald Trump after last week's Democratic Party convention.
Trump enjoyed a similar bump in polling against Clinton after the Republican convention two weeks ago.
CBS News said Clinton leads Trump 46 percent to 39 percent. A CNN-ORC poll released later Monday had Clinton holding a larger of 52 to 43 percent lead.
This is VOA news.