U.S. officials said that more than 50 Tomahawk missile strikes were carried out against a single Syrian air base from the USS Porter and Ross in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Between Jan. 20, 2009, and the end of 2015, the White House says, the U.S. carried out 473 airstrikes in places that weren’t in “areas of active hostilities” — such as Iraq or Afghanistan.
Intelligence analysts are now trying to confirm whether their main target, Noureddine Chouchane, is among the dead. The senior operative is blamed for deadly terrorist attacks in Tunisia.
Belmokhtar, a leader of al-Qaida’s arm in North Africa, masterminded the 2013 terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant in which 38 foreign hostages were killed.