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    US airstrikes in support of Libya’s GNA hit three Daesh strongholds and two vehicles near the city of Sirte on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US airstrikes in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) hit three Daesh fighting positions and two vehicles near the city of Sirte on Monday, 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 146," the release stated on Tuesday.

    In addition to the three fighting positions, the airstrikes hit "one Daesh [Islamic State] vehicle" and a supply vehicle, AFRICOM noted.

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

    In August, a US Defense Department spokesperson told Sputnik that the airstrikes in Libya have reduced the Daesh’s capacity to attack Libyan government forces on the ground by destroying the terror group’s heavy weapons, fighting positions and vehicle borne improvised explosive devices.

    The Daesh, a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia, 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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