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Libyan unity forces fight IS in Sirte

Smoke billows from buildings after the pro-government air force loyal to Libya's Government of National Unity (GNA) fired rockets targeting Islamic State group positions in Sirte, on July 18, 2016 2016Libyan pro-government forces battled to retake territory in the Islamic State group stronghold Sirte on Wednesday, but faced fierce resistance from jihadist snipers and mines. Fighters allied to Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), supported by US air strikes, are trying to retake the coastal city — hometown of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi — from IS which has controlled it since June 2015. The loss of Sirte would be a major blow to the jihadist group, which has faced a series of setbacks in Syria and Iraq.

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