US jets from RAF Lakenheath target Tunisia beach massacre organiser in Libyan strike

An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing for refueling over the northern Mediterranean. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Kate Thornton) ANL-151116-101926001
An F-15E Strike Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing for refueling over the northern Mediterranean. (USAF photo by Senior Airman Kate Thornton) ANL-151116-101926001
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US bombers from RAF Lakenheath have carried out a raid on an Islamic State (Isil) camp in Libya during which one of the masterminds behind last summer’s massacre of British tourists in Tunisia is believed to have been killed.

US F-15 Strike Eagle jets targeted Noureddine Chouchane, a Tunisian terrorist who helped organise the attack that killed 30 Britons at a beach hotel in June.

Both Britain and the US have stepped up reconnaissance and special forces operations in Libya and President Barack Obama said this week that America would target Isil “wherever it appears”.

The use of a British base was authorised on Thursday by Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, while travelling back from the Falklands via Ascension Island.