Libya forces retake port in is bastion Sirte

  • AFP
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2016 08:45 IST

TRIPOLI: Forces allied with Libya’s unity government said on Saturday they had recaptured the port in the militant stronghold of Sirte from the Islamic State group fighters encircled inside the city. The fall of Sirte, the hometown of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi, would be a major setback for the extremists who have also lost territory in Syria and Iraq where they have declared an Islamic “caliphate”. The Libyan forces also retook residential areas in the east of Sirte, which for the past year has been the main Islamic State base in the North African country, a spokesman for the forces, Rida Issa, said.

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