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Libyan Forces Claim Capture of District in Sirte From Daesh

SIRTE, Libya, Aug 16 – Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes said on Tuesday that they had taken control of one of the last districts in central Sirte occupied by Daesh fighters. Forces aligned with Libya’s U.N.-backed government in Tripoli are three months into a campaign to oust Daesh from their former North African

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Sirte Battle Risks Widening Libya Political Splits

By Patrick Markey SIRTE, Libya, July 11 – When Western officials cajoled Libya’s warring factions to support a unity government this year, they said it was a chance for the rival armed brigades to unite against the common enemy, Daesh. Libyan forces may be close to winning the battle for the militant group’s stronghold in

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Libyan Brigades Capture Air Base from Daesh South of Sirte: Spokesman

TRIPOLI, June 5 – Brigades aligned with Libya’s U.N.-backed government said on Saturday they had captured Ghardabiya air base from Daesh to the south of the militant group’s stronghold of Sirte. Spokesman Mohamed al-Gasri said the capture of the base, about 20 km (12 miles) from the centre of Sirte, was strategically significant since it cut

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Libya Needs United Force to Fight Daesh: U.N. Special Envoy

PARIS, May 31 – The United Nations special envoy to Libya said on Tuesday the country would not be able to defeat Daesh militants unless the various military and militia strands joined forces against the group. The December unity deal was meant to end the divide between rival governments in the capital Tripoli and the east

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New Daesh Leader in Libya Says Group “Stronger Every Day”

TRIPOLI, March 10 – A senior Daesh militant has said in an interview identifying him as the new leader of the jihadists’ Libyan offshoot that the extremist organisation is getting “stronger every day” in the north African country. Abdul Qadr al-Najdi, described in an interview released by the SITE monitoring group on Thursday as “the emir

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Libya’s NOC Warns of More Daesh Attacks on Oil Facilities

By Aidan Lewis TRIPOLI, Feb 22 – Libya’s oil facilities are likely to suffer further attacks unless a United Nations-backed unity government is approved, the head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) told Reuters in an interview on Monday. Mustafa Sanalla also said suspected Daesh militants had staged their latest attack against Libya’s oil infrastructure last

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