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Libyan forces closer to Islamic State stronghold

Libyan forces closer to Islamic State stronghold

Libya

Libyan forces have advanced on the Eastern and Southern outskirts of a territory controlled by the Islamic State.

According to reports, the troops who are aligned to the country’s unity government have taken hold of at least one military camp in the city of Sirte, the Islamic State’s stronghold.

Last month, the brigades launched their counter-offensive against the militant group.

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant asserted its presence in Sirte in 2015, though it also has some presence in other major cities including Benghazi. According to reports, the insurgent group has about 2000 to 3000 fighters in the war-torn country.

Since the ousting of long time ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the oil rich nation has suffered blows of attacks from Islamist militants battling for territory and recognition in the country.

Reuters

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