Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

Libyan forces launch ‘final battle’ to oust IS group from Sirte

  Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government on Sunday pushed into the last areas of Sirte held by the Islamic State (IS) group in what was the jihadists’ coastal stronghold. The battle for the hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi was launched more than three months ago by forces loyal to the Tripoli-based […]

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces recapture key Islamic State group base in Sirte

Libyan forces battling to oust Islamic State (IS) from Sirte said they had made major advances on Wednesday, capturing a convention centre previously used as a base by the jihadist group, as well as the city’s university and hospital. “Our forces have complete control of the whole of the Ouagadougou (convention) complex – they even […]

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

Libya’s Sirte struck by three Islamic State group bombings

The Islamic State group carried out three suicide car bombings Sunday against forces allied with Libya’s unity government battling to retake the city of Sirte, an official said. “Three explosions from cars driven by Islamic State suicide bombers targeted our forces in Sirte,” Rida Issa, a spokesman for the unity government’s forces, told AFP. “There […]

Libyan forces claim port in IS group stronghold of Sirte

Libyan forces claim port in IS group stronghold of Sirte

Forces aligned with Libya’s unity government said on Friday they had taken control of the port of Sirte, making further gains in Islamic State’s North African stronghold. Brigades largely composed of fighters from Misrata advanced this week to the perimeter of Sirte’s city centre, after launching a counter attack against Islamic State last month and […]