LIBYAPROSPECT – Misrata
Libyan forces of the Operation “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous” allied with the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya claim that they have edged further into the center of the city of Sirte, the Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Libya. Their aim is to recapture the town from the terrorist organization but has been in a stalemate since May.
Since may the Libyan forces have been tangled in a massive battle with the IS militants. The IS has controlled Sirte for approximately a year; it has been its most important stronghold outside Iraq and Syria.
After a break in a battle earlier this week, the Libyan forces have launched a new attack on several fronts, using airstrikes and artillery to bombard the IS positions and swarming in on the city.
According to Reuters, the Libyan forces have successfully thwarted three attempted car bomb attacks and destroyed an armored vehicle. Multiple sources reported to Reuters that approximately 50 IS militants were killed during Thursday’s clashes, and at least 25 brigade members were killed and 200 wounded.