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No Respite for Libya After Daesh Driven from Coastal City

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Dec 9 – As Daesh’s last defences crumbled this week in their Libyan bastion Sirte, dozens of women and children used as human shields stumbled dazed and dust-caked from the rubble. Fighters from the armed groups that defeated the jihadists feted the end of a punishing six-month battle by flying Libyan

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Eastern Libyan Forces Foil Rival Faction’s Advance on Oil Ports

By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya, Dec 7  – Eastern Libyan forces said they thwarted an attempted advance on some of Libya’s major oil ports on Wednesday, hitting a rival faction with air strikes and capturing some of its commanders. The violence raised the prospect of a fresh struggle for control of the oil ports and

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Libyan Forces Taking Last Few Buildings from Daesh in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya, Dec 6  – Libyan forces said on Tuesday they were securing the last few buildings where Daesh militants had been making a final stand in their former North African stronghold of Sirte. Officials said that women and children were in two of the buildings in the city’s Ghiza Bahriya district and that a

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Libyan Forces Take Control of Last Daesh Holdouts in Sirte

MISRATA, Libya, Dec 5  – Libyan forces took control on Monday of the final cluster of buildings where Daesh militants were holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte, and were securing the area, a spokesman said. Daesh took over Sirte in early 2015, setting up its most important base outside the Middle

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Libyan Forces Face Deadly Daesh Defence in Sirte Holdout

SIRTE, Libya, Nov 26 – Libyan forces faced fierce resistance on Saturday from Daesh militants defending a final strip of land in their former stronghold of Sirte, losing at least five men, officials said. Forces led by fighters from the city of Misrata and backed by U.S. air strikes have taken all but a few

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Libyan Forces Edge Forward Against Daesh Holdouts in Sirte

TRIPOLI, Nov 24 – Libyan forces resumed their advance on Thursday against Daesh militants holding out in a few streets in their former stronghold of Sirte, saying they had captured 25 houses and a stash of arms. Backed by U.S. air strikes, the Libyan brigades have reduced the area held by the jihadists to a

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Far From Mosul, Daesh Close to Defeat in Libya’s Sirte

By Patrick Markey SIRTE, Libya, Nov 20 – After six months of heavy fighting, Libyan forces have advanced so deep into the strategic city of Sirte that they can pick out the Tunisian and Egyptian accents of their Daesh enemies as they trade insults over the frontline. Victory is imminent on this remote front of

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U.S. Air Strikes Pound Libya’s Sirte to Oust Daesh Militants

SIRTE, Libya, Oct 17  – U.S. aircraft hit Daesh targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the U.S. military said on Monday. Libyan forces are close to ending a six-month campaign to liberate Sirte from Daesh,  which

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Libyan Forces Push into Last Daesh Area in Sirte

By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI, Oct 11 – Libyan pro-government forces are advancing into the last area controlled by Daesh in the coastal city of Sirte, surrounding the militants after a five-month campaign backed by U.S. air strikes, military officials say. At least eight pro-government fighters were killed over the weekend as their forces pushed into

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Heavy Toll Weighs on Misrata After Battle for Libya’s Sirte

By Aidan Lewis and Ahmed Elumami MISRATA, Libya, Oct 8 – Next to the rusting shell cases outside Misrata’s museum of Libya’s 2011 uprising is a new addition: a scaffold used by Daesh in Sirte to display bodies of executed prisoners, mounted on a would-be suicide bomber’s captured truck. Five years after Misrata’s fighters killed Muammar

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