United States Department of Defense reconnaissance photo of hangars at Ghardabiya
|Elevation AMSL||266 ft / 81 m|
Ghardabiya Airbase is a dual-function airbase for the Libyan Air Force south of the city of Sirte. It also incorporates an airport for civilian use. It was captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in May 2015, and was reportedly captured by pro-government forces in June 2016.
Due to the Libyan Civil War (2011) all flights were suspended; however, since the end of the conflict, Libyan Airlines have resumed service. It is currently unknown if Tibesti Air Libya is using the airport.
|Air Libya Tibesti||Tripoli|
Libyan Civil War (2011)
It was targeted by United States Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bombers equipped with precision-guided munitions (PGMs) during the Libyan Civil War (2011) on 20 and 21 March 2011. The United States Navy also participated in the attack to deny the Libyan Air Force operational capability with the use of Tomahawk cruise missiles.
In May 2015, ISIL militants took control of the airport, after seizing full control of nearby Sirte, only weeks before. On 4 June 2016, Pro-Libyan government fighters stated that they had captured the airbase from ISIL.
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