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    US Forces Conduct Airstrike on Daesh Target in Libya

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    US forces carried out one airstrike against Daesh positions near the Libyan city of Sirte on Tuesday as part of an air campaign requested by Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The airstrike hit "one pickup truck with mounted recoilless rifle," the press release stated on Wednesday.

    On August 1, the United States began the aerial campaign against Daesh at the request of and in coordination with the GNA.

    US forces have conducted a total of 29 airstrikes in support of the campaign, called Operation Odyssey Lightning, AFRICOM noted.

    The airstrikes will allow the GNA to make a strategic advance against the terror group’s positions in Sirte, according to the US Defense Department.

    Daesh 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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