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US Forces Conduct Five Airstrikes in Libya in Support of Anti-Daesh Operations

© AP Photo / Manu BraboGeneral view of buildings ravaged by fighting in Sirte, Libya (File)
General view of buildings ravaged by fighting in Sirte, Libya (File) - Sputnik International
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US forces carried out five airstrikes against Daesh fighters near the Libyan city of Sirte on Wednesday as part of an aerial campaign requested by Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — AFRICOM said Wednesday’s airstrikes hit multiple targets, including terrorists’ fighting positions and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive.

"These airstrikes bring the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 62," the release stated on Thursday.

Libyan forces allied with the UN-backed government prepare to capture university buildings during a battle with IS fighters in Sirte, Libya, August 10, 2016 - Sputnik International
Daesh on Brink of Being Kicked Out From Libya's Sirte
On August 1, the United States began a new air campaign against Daesh at the request of and in coordination with the GNA. The campaign, called Operation Odyssey Lightning, will allow the GNA to make a strategic advance against the terror group’s positions in Sirte, according to the US Defense Department.

On Wednesday, GNA head of intelligence Col. Ismail Shukri said the terrorists have lost almost all the territory they have seized in Sirte.

Daesh, outlawed in Russia and many countries around the world, gained a presence in Libya in the turmoil following the 2011 overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya has been mired in a civil war since 2014.

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