The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that US special forces are playing a direct role with Libya’s unity government fighting forces to remove ISIS from the coastal town of Sirte.
This is coupled with ongoing American airstrikes and British troops who have already engaged with the radical group operating in Sirte.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement on August 1, “At the request of the Libyan Government of National Accord, the United States military conducted precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Sirte, Libya, to support GNA-affiliated forces seeking to defeat ISIL (ISIS) in its primary stronghold in Libya.”
Cook added that the US strikes in Sirte “will continue,” without elaborating.
Sirte is largest ISIS stronghold outside of Syria and Iraq. The terrorist group overran the city in February 2015.
Sirte was the hometown of Libyan strongman Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.