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Libyan forces corner IS fighters in Sirte

Forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government on August 28, 2016 in Sirte during a military operation to clear IS group jihadists from the cityPro-government forces in Libya cornered Islamic State group jihadists in their last holdouts in the coastal city of Sirte on Monday, after heavy fighting that killed and wounded dozens. IS overran the Mediterranean hometown of Libya’s slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi in mid-2015, sparking fears the jihadists would use it as a springboard for attacks on Europe. Pro-GNA forces on Monday said they had encircled the jihadists in less than two square kilometres (0.7 square miles) of Sirte, after staging an assault the previous day on its last two IS-held districts.

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