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NBC: U.S. Begins New Airstrike Campaign Against ISIS Targets in Libya
The U.S. began a new campaign of airstrikes in Libya on Monday, four defense officials told NBC News.
The strikes will target ISIS in and around Sirte, a city halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi that has become an ISIS stronghold in the country, the officials said.
The officials described the pending strikes as targeted and well-planned.
The head of the United States Africa Command said this past spring that ISIS had about 5,000 fighters in Sirte. But the military loyal to the new Libyan government, alongside various militias, have been pounding the city for the past few months — and the U.S. military now believes there are only a few hundred to as many as 2,000 fighters left there.
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