Libya forces press assault on last IS positions in Sirte

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord break up a wall as they fight Islamic State jihadists holed up in a residential district of Sirte on August 14, 2016Libyan pro-government forces pressed an advance against the Islamic State group in the coastal city of Sirte on Sunday as they battled jihadists holed up in waterfront residential areas. In May, forces loyal to the unity government began an offensive to retake the Mediterranean city and home town of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, which IS seized in June last year. The offensive came amid growing concern that jihadists would use Sirte, where they had set up centres to train militants, as a springboard for attacks on European shores hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.

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