Monday, August 29, 2016

The Battle For The Libyan City Of Sirte Enters The Final Phase

DW: Libyan forces in final push to dislodge 'Islamic State' from Sirte

Pro-government forces have said they are in a "final battle" against the "Islamic State" in its stronghold of Sirte. A three month fight to retake the city has been slowed by IS snipers, suicide bombers and booby traps.

Fighters loyal to Libya's UN-backed government on Sunday advanced on the last "Islamic State" controlled neighborhoods in the coastal city of Sirte.

Loyalist forces have been fighting for Sirte for nearly three months, but their offensive has been slowed down by snipers, suicide bombers and booby traps since entering the city in June.

After a one week lull in fighting, pro-Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said they were on the verge of fully dislodging the last IS fighters from two districts.

"The final battle for Sirte has started," said Reda Issa, a spokesman for the pro-GNA forces.

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More News On The Battle For The Libyan City Of Sirte

34 killed, 180 wounded in Libya clashes with IS -- RTE
Libya loyalists suffer toll as Sirte’s Islamic State holdouts put up fierce fight -- Japan Times/AFP-JIJI, REUTERS
Heavy casualties as Libyan forces advance on IS in Sirte -- BBC
High toll as Libyan fighters close in on Islamic State in Sirte -- Reuters
What next for Islamic State in Libya after Sirte? -- BBC

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