US Forces Conduct 22 Airstrikes Against Daesh Near Libya’s Sirte

US airforces hit 63 Daesh fighting positions near the Libyan city of Sirte, according to the US military’s Africa Command.

Fighters ride a pickup truck as smoke rises during a battle with Islamic State fighters in neighborhood Number Two in Sirte, Libya © AFP 2016/ Ismail Zitouny Libyan Forces Begin Final Assault on Daesh in Sirte WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US forces carried out 22 airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) near the Libyan city of Sirte on Friday and Saturday, the US military’s Africa Command said in a press release. The strikes hit 63 Daesh fighting positions, Monday’s release stated. The Africa Command added that it has now conducted 470 airstrikes against the terror group’s positions since the August 1 start of Operation Odyssey Lightning in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord. Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government patrol the entrance of Sirte as they advance to recapture the city from the Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on June 10, 2016 © AFP 2016/ MAHMUD TURKIA Libyan Army Kills Over 70 Daesh Militants in City of Sirte Conducted in coordination with the government in Tripoli, the strikes are intended to help deny the Daesh a safe haven on Libyan territory from which it could attack the United States. The Daesh gained a foothold in Libya in the turmoil following the 2011 ouster of the country’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. The terror group is outlawed in Russia, the United States and other countries.

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