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    US Conducts Five Airstrikes Against Daesh Positions in Libya’s Sirte

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    US air forces hit the Daesh targets near the Libyan city of Sirte, according to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM).

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US forces conducted five airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh) vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices near the Libyan city of Sirte on Tuesday, 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 346,” the release on Wednesday stated.

    The Africa Command said the airstrikes, conducted in support of Libya's Government of National Accord, will help deny the Daesh a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States.

    The Daesh gained a foothold in Libya in the turmoil following the 2011 ouster of the country’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. The Daesh is outlawed in the United States, Russia and other countries.

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