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ISIS Loses Fortified School to Libyan Forces in Sirte

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

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Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous forces who are loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said on Monday they have made progress in their fight against ISIS.

The Libyan brigades were able to kick ISIS fighters out of a school that was fortified for military defense in the Al-Giza Al-Bahriya district which the terrorist group has been holding onto for sometime.

Two Libyan soldiers were killed in the clashes and 17 others were wounded, said a medical source.

ISIS moved into Sirte, which had a population of 80,000, in 2015 and managed to establish a stronghold in the coastal city. The terrorist group had aims to expand its rule across Libya and eventually to Europe.

ISIS fighters were able to make their way into Sirte after Libya fell into political chaos following the 2011 uprising that brought down the Gaddafi regime.

In May, Libyan brigades loyal to the GNA, many of them from Misrata, launched an offensive against ISIS in Sirte. The Libyan government made a request for military aerial support, and in August the US military responded by launching an airstrike campaign against ISIS.

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