Earlier today, Libyan troops loyal to the U.N. backed Tripoli government entered the Islamic State bastion of Sirte after clashing with ISIS over the past few weeks.
The advance was enabled after the Misrata Forces (Libyan pro-Tripoli militia) captured a bridge from ISIS on the city’s western flank.
Libyan forces are now just five kilometers from the city center and Zafrana square, according to Brigadier General Mohammed al-Ghasri.
The Libyan commander added that 5 of his soldiers had been killed during the clashes while 25 were injured – most of the casualties were caused by roadside bombs.
Sirte is the only city controlled by ISIS in Libya; however, the Islamic State still controls a few dozens villages east of it and maintains a minor presence in Benghazi.
The coastal city of Sirte has served as the functioning Islamic State capital since the group seized it from the Libyan Dawn in February, 2015.