US cluster bomb casings, Libya 1986

US cluster bomb casings, Libya 1986

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Caption: Cluster bombs. Casings from spent US cluster bombs seen in the Libyan desert in 1986.The bombs, designated CBU-59B, were dropped on Benina Airfield by A-6E Intruder aircraft of the US Navy. The CBU-59B was an unguided anti-personnel and anti-materiel weapon containing 717 sub-munitions. These was dropped as part of Operation El Diablo Canyon, a coordinated strike by the US against Libya on 15 April 1986. The raid was in response to a terrorist bombing in West Berlin, Germany, in which three people were killed and 230 injured, including 79 US service personnel. The US blamed Libya for the attack.

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