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US campaign in Libya enters second month as local forces make IS gains

A fighter from the pro-government forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Unity holds a position as they target the Islamic State group in SirteThe US air campaign targeting the Islamic State group’s former Libyan stronghold entered its second month Thursday, with the steady pace of strikes continuing as local forces advanced on the jihadists’ last remaining holdout. The military action follows a request by the UN-supported Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), and the Obama administration has stressed that ongoing US involvement would be framed by the interim Libyan government’s needs. “Though operational security precludes us from speculating on a timeline, the US will continue to support the GNA as they look at options for Libya’s future once Sirte is liberated,” Robyn Mack, a spokeswoman for the US military’s Africa Command, told AFP.

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