Libya pro-government forces say seize Sirte from IS

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Libyan loyalist forces have seized full control of the coastal city of Sirte from the Islamic State jihadist group, an official spokesperson said on Monday.

“Our forces have total control of Sirte,” after more than six months of fighting, Reda Issa, a spokesperson for pro-government forces, told AFP.

“Our forces saw Daesh totally collapsing,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

Sirte, on Libya’s Mediterranean coast, was the last significant ISIS-held territory in the north African country.

Forces allied with the country’s unity government launched an offensive to retake the city on May 12, quickly seizing large areas of the city and cornering the jihadists.

But ISIS put up fierce resistance with suicide car bombings, snipers and improvised explosive devices.

The United States started a bombing campaign in August at the request of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to help local forces recapture the city, seized by jihadists in June 2015.

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