VIDEO: Libyan Army Failed Attack on Daesh in Sirte Left 123 Killed and Injured

Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:16:02

After suffering heavy losses last Friday (July 15) the Libyan Army second offensive on Daesh after a week although has advancement but lack of planning and logistics left 13 soldiers killed and more than 110 injured.

Libyan Unity Government Forces resumed fierce clashes with Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS and Daesh) militants in Sirte, losing at least 13 of their men and seeing more than 110 wounded, officials said.

The government-backed forces have pinned militants back to a small area in the center of the coastal city after advancing on the Libyan's Daesh stronghold in May.

But they have faced stiff resistance from the several hundred militants thought to be still holed up in Sirte, suffering casualties from snipers and explosive devices.

"Islamic State took total control of Sirte last year, turning it into its primary North African base and extending its presence along about 250 km (155 miles) of Libya's coastline."

On Thursday (July 21) the government-backed forces said in statements that they were advancing on two fronts after bombarding Islamic State positions from the air and the ground at dawn.

They said there was heavy fighting in the "Dollar neighborhood” and around the port. The forces are mainly made up of fighters from the city of Misrata, though other western Libyan towns and cities have also contributed men.


They have received some support from the UN Backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, but many fighters feel let down by the government and its Western allies, saying that a lack of medical support, equipment and ammunition has hindered their progress.

The front line had been relatively calm earlier this week as the brigades regrouped after suffering heavy losses last Friday (July 15).

The militant group expanded into Libya amid the political chaos and security vacuum that developed after long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011.


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