08 Dec '16, 1am

Pentagon: Islamic State has lost its safe haven in Sirte, Libya

Pentagon: Islamic State has lost its safe haven in Sirte, Libya

The Islamic State appears to have lost its final piece of turf inside the Libyan city of Sirte, according to the Department of Defense. Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters earlier today that the “final nine” Islamic State fighters who were holed up inside an “occupied block” have surrendered. Members of the “Solid Structure” operations room, which is comprised of militiamen for Misrata and led the ground offensve, are now “clearing the block” and looking for improvised explosive devices (IEDs). “At this point, we don’t know of any other areas where ISIL [Islamic State] is hiding out,” Davis explained. “We certainly are going to stand ready to continue to support the Government of National Accord-aligned forces as they do this backclearing, but at this point, ISIL’s not in control of any territory.” The UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has s...

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