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Pro unity government forces advance on IS-held Sirte

Forces aligned with Libya’s UN-backed unity government said they have killed a key Islamic State operative and advanced on Sirte, seizing two new checkpoints in a battle which left 30 IS militants dead. Operation Al-Bunyan al-Marsus or “Compact Building” announced the killing of “internationally-wanted” IS chef Khalid al-Shayeb – an Algerian better known …

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Misrata forces reclaim territory amid heavy clashes with IS militants

Security forces from the city of Misrata regained control of several villages along the central Libyan coastline from Islamic State fighters on Tuesday and Wednesday but lost at least 30 of their members. There has been sporadic fighting in the area south of Misrata since the start of the month, …

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Libyan unity government forces race towards IS’ coastal stronghold

Forces loyal to Libya’s new unity government announced the recapture of a strategic crossroads after the Islamic State group took the crossing last week. Libyan government forces said they are closing in on the IS’ group’s stronghold Sirte, and are now 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the coastal city.

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Arms smuggling fueling Libya’s divisions

More than four months have passed since Libya’s rival camps agreed to end the country’s ongoing political crisis by forming a transitional unity government. Despite the agreement in Skhirat, a town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, it has been a month since members of the unity government arrived in the Libyan …

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