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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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Morocco says Arrests 10 Suspected Female Daesh Militants

RABAT, Oct 3 – Morocco has dismantled a suspected Daesh militant cell and arrested 10 women believed to be planning attacks in the North African kingdom, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. It was the latest in a series of militant cells Morocco says it has broken up, but it is the first time authorities

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Libyan Forces Foil Ambush, Lose Eight Men in Sirte Battle

By Hani Amara SIRTE, Libya Oct 3 – Libyan forces repelled an attempted ambush but lost at least eight of their men as their battle with Daesh militants encircled in their former stronghold of Sirte resumed on Sunday, officials said. A Dutch photojournalist, Jeroen Oerlemans, was also killed in the fighting. A spokesman for the

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Libyan Forces Prepare for Last Push Against Daesh in Sirte

By Aidan Lewis SIRTE, Libya, Sept 1 – Behind the front lines in the Libyan city of Sirte, ageing tanks crunch through the debris of battle to new positions and resting fighters drink sweetened coffee waiting for orders to advance. Ahead, Daesh militants besieged in a single residential neighborhood and targeted by U.S. air strikes

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Libyan Forces say Daesh Beaten Back in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya Aug 30 – Libyan forces said they captured a residential neighborhood in central Sirte from Daesh on Monday, leaving just one district of the city still occupied by the militants. Spokesman Rida Issa said Sirte’s neighbourhood Number One was “completely liberated”, but added that the brigades, backed by U.S. air strikes, were “in the

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