Libya's us-backed forces advance in the city sirte (Photo: facebook.com/BMCLY)
Military Times: U.S. airstrikes hit ISIS in Libya, marking 48 strikes in August
CAIRO — Airstrikes launched by the United States have hit an Islamic State group vehicle and four militant positions in Libya, raising to 48 the number of U.S. airstrikes against the extremist group since Washington launched its anti-IS campaign in Libya on Aug. 1.
In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command says it conducted the strikes in the coastal city of Sirte "at the request of, and in coordination with," Libya's United Nations-backed government.
Sirte is the Islamic State group's last remaining stronghold in the country, and Libyan troops have been forcing the militants into ever-smaller bits of territory there, backed by the U.S. airstrikes.
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Update #1: U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Targets in Libya (U.S. Department of Defense)
Update #2: 60 U.S. airstrikes have pounded Libya so far this month (Washington Examiner)
WNU Editor: The Islamic Satte may have been pushed backed .... but the fighting among the various groups continues .... Libyans push back IS group, but violence continues among rival parties (Yasser Seddiq, Ahram Online).