Libyan Forces Claim Full Control of Former Islamic State Stronghold Sirte

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From The Wall Street Journal:

“Libyan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes retook the coastal city of Sirte from Islamic State on Monday, ending a monthslong battle for the extremist redoubt and dealing a fresh blow to the extremist group’s regional ambitions.

The victory over Islamic State was secured when forces loyal to the United Nations-backed government in Tripoli took over the last militant-controlled neighborhood in Sirte, according to a spokesman for the military offensive. Dozens of Islamic State fighters surrendered, and the women and children accompanying them were transported to government-controlled territory.

The overall toll for Libyan government forces in the protracted battle to retake the Mediterranean coastal city was heavy: Nearly 700 of the pro-government fighters were killed and many more wounded since the offensive began in May, according to authorities.”

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