VIDEO: Watch Libyan Unity Forces Advance against Islamic State in Sirte

Tue Oct 4, 2016 09:40:16

Libyan forces battled Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) militants in Sirte on Monday, as part of a months-long fight to gain control of the city, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Closing in on Sirte’s third district, the security forces recovered weapons and equipment from the insurgents.

Forces dominated by fighters from Misrata and aligned with Libya’s UN-backed government have been battling to capture Islamic State’s former stronghold for more than four months.

Supported since August 1 by US airstrikes, they have taken control of most of the city and have been besieging militants trapped in a thin residential strip near Sirte’s seafront for several weeks.

Their advance has been slowed by Islamic State (ISIS / Daesh / ISIL) snipers, improvised explosive devices and suicide bombings in close-quarter street battles.

Occasional ground attacks are interspersed by rest periods that allow fighters to regroup and hospitals to clear casualties.

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