Libya forces launch air operations to cut off IS jihadists

Fighters from the pro-government forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Unity (GNA) hold a position as they target the Islamic State (IS) group in Sirte with a wave of air strikes to help pave the way to take the city on June 23, 2016Air force units of Libya’s unity government launched an operation Saturday to cut off potential escape routes for jihadists holed up in the coastal city of Sirte, loyalist forces said. The forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA), on their Facebook page, said the surveillance operation covered central Libya as we1l as the western region up to the border with Tunisia. Pro-GNA forces, backed since early August by US air strikes, began an assault in mid-May to expel the Islamic State (IS) group from its Sirte stronghold.

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