Libyan pro-government forces rest on a tank as they patrol a rural area on the outskirts of the eastern coastal city of Benghazi which they retook from armed groups as fighting continues in the second city on April 19, 2016. Government forces have clashed with militants in the area since April 14, 2016 when a military official said seven soldiers were killed near a cement factory. / AFP PHOTO / ABDULLAH DOMA

Pro-government forces in Libya said they seized control of the Takfiri ISIL group’s headquarters in Sirte on Wednesday as they push to oust the insurgents from the coastal city.

“The Ouagadougou centre is in our hands,” the operations centre for forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) said.Libya pro-government forces

Reda Issa, a spokesman for the forces, said ISIL militants remained in three residential areas of the city and in a villa complex near the seafront.

“The announcement of the liberation (of Sirte) will only be made once the entire city is liberated,” he told AFP.

Capturing the Ouagadougou center has been the key goal of pro-GNA forces as they have battled for weeks to oust ISIL from Sirte, which the Takfiris seized in June last year amid the chaos that followed the 2011 ouster of Moamer Kadhafi.

The city’s capture raised deep concerns, with fears the Takfiris were gaining an important foothold just across the Mediterranean from Europe.

Loyalist forces stepped up their fight for the city in recent days, and the Pentagon announced last week it had begun carrying out air strikes on ISIL positions in Sirte at the GNA’s request.

 

AFP

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Horomona Kingi
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Horomona Kingi

now dont go torturing the civies? i mean interrogating …

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Well, it all depends what method you use… Waterboarding seems very nice (if you’re a good swimmer) if compared to Klaus Barbie of Gestapo (in)fame… I bet Daech has uglier ways to make you talk than Gestapo…

Frank
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Frank

But in Sirte are isalmic militia from Misrata and triopli against ISIS. What is diference?

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

BAM forces are advancing in Sirte
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Daesh’s end in Libya is coming…

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

Seems Libya is considering using specialize COIN aircrafts. Here’s an AT-802U that entered the country recently. AT-802U can carry near as much ordnance as a Su-25 but can loiter for 10 hours with hourly cost as low as 500$. A little too slow for my taste, I’d prefer dual engines and it lacks ejector seats but these are very rugged aircrafts that may take hits and you can fly enough high to avoid AA guns and ManPADS, using EOTS/FLIR to target, as they are slow, in case of problems, you can always bail out WW2 style and the cockpit has… Read more »