Libyan forces claim capture of district in Sirte from ISIS

By REUTERS
August 16, 2016 16:34

SIRTE, Libya - Libyan forces backed by US air strikes said on Tuesday that they had taken control of one of the last districts in central Sirte occupied by Islamic State fighters.

Forces aligned with Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli are three months into a campaign to oust Islamic State from their former North African stronghold and have captured most of the coastal city.

Since Aug. 1 their progress has been aided by US air strikes that have targeted Islamic State vehicles, weapons and fighting positions. US Africa Command said it had carried out a total of 48 strikes as of Wednesday.


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