EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Libyan pro-government forces walk next to their vehicle mounted with a machine gun on May 18, 2016 in Abu Grein, south of Libya's third city Misrata, a day after Libya's unity government recaptured the area from the Islamic State (IS) group. four of the Bodies of The organization of the Islamic State (Daash) in a truck in Abu Qurayn About 300 km east of the Libyan capital Tripoli , on May 18, 2016. The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) forces said on Facebook that they recaptured Abu Grein strategic crossroads, where the coastal highway meets the main road south into the desert interior on May 17, 2016. /

The Libyan military announced the liberation of three quarters of Derna after a fierce battle with terrorists on Monday evening.

“The armed forces took control of 75 percent of Derna … The military continues to pursue the remnants of terrorist groups in the city,” the operational command said in a statement.

Commander of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar, announced in early May the launch of an operation to liberate Derna from the terrorists inside of the city.

According to media reports, the Libyan National Army is being heavily supported by their air force.

Derna is located 1,000 km east of Tripoli. The city was under the control of the Shura Council of the Mujahideen of Derna, which includes groups associated with Al-Qaeda. Prior to that, the Islamic State (ISIS) was in control of the city.

The city of Derna is considered the last stronghold of jihadists in the eastern part of the country.

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