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.

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Mike Walker
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Mike Walker

“: #ISIS on the verge of losing its Libyan capital after government troops storm Sirte https://t.co/hcVU2lTjDy

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Well, it seems that ramadan makes Daesh losing weight everywhere…

Henrik Hedda Wallin
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Henrik Hedda Wallin

Eh… I don’t think the Misrata Forces are loyal to the UN puppet government. The puppet government wants to bring in foreign forces and sell out the country, but it hasn’t really been able to get in charge as far as I know.

Feel free to correct me!