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US Forces Strike Six Daesh Fighting Positions in Libya’s Sirte

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US airforces destroyed six Daesh fighting positions near the city of Sirte in Libya, according to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM).

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Three US airstrikes in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) hit six Daesh fighting positions and a vehicle borne improvised explosive device near the city of Sirte on Wednesday, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release.

"This… brings the total number of airstrikes in support of Operation Odyssey Lightning, which began Aug. 1, to 150," the release stated on Thursday.

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AFRICOM explained that the airstrikes will help deny the Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and its allies.

The Daesh, a terrorist organization outlawed in the United States, Russia and many other nations, gained a foothold in Libya in the turmoil following the 2011 ousting of the country’s long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi.

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