When Bunyan Marsous fighters have completed the destruction of IS in Sirte, they should be kept together as an anti-terrorist force and be deployed to the south said Presidency Council member, Musa Koni.
Pro-government forces in Libya are advancing into the last remaining strongholds of the Islamic State group [IS] in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte. Current advances come following a five month campaign during which the United States has also targeted Islamic State targets in the city with airstrikes.
It has been nearly five years since Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed by Libyan rebels near his hometown of Sirte on Oct. 20, 2011. Sadly, Libya remains a deeply divided country, both politically and institutionally, and does not have a functional representative government in place. Tragically, Libya’s …
The forces of the Operation “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous” had advanced inside the city of Sirte and regained new locations from the terrorist group, the Islamic State (IS). Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous controlled two streets, on Saturday, after ousting the IS elements.
A Bunyan Marsous commander has rounded on the United States saying that its airstrikes in Sirte have been “useless” and that if Washington had really wanted to, it could have destroyed IS positions and liberated Sirte within a few hours.
After five months of battles against the Islamic State (IS) in the city of Sirte, the Operation “Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous” forces had started retreating despite the rapid advances they achieved.
Dr Akram Gliwan, spokesman for a hospital in Misrata, told the AFP news agency that Oerlemans was shot in the chest by an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group sniper. The photographer’s body had been transferred there from Sirte.
Eight Libyan pro-government fighters and at least 10 Islamic State group jihadists died in clashes Sunday as some jihadists tried to flee their besieged stronghold, the unity government said.
Libyan pro-government forces on Sunday pressed an offensive against Islamic State (IS) group holdouts in Sirte, pounding the militants with heavy artillery after a two-week pause in fighting, their media office said.
With Islamic State (IS) forces now carrying out attacks outside Sirte, the final offensive to liberate the town has been delayed while Libyan forces secure the surrounding desert area. “Daesh are becoming active again outside the town and have started targeting us on the road between Sirte and Misrata,” fighter …