Libyan forces fighting ISIS in Sirte

FILE - In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave flags as they ride in a convoy, which includes multiple Toyota pickup trucks, through Raqqa city in Syria on a road leading to Iraq. Toyota is working with U.S. officials after questions were raised about the prominent use of its vehicles by militant organizations in Syria, Iraq and Libya. (Militant website via AP, File)

SIRTE, Libya (NBC) – U.S.-backed forces in Libya Saturday Continued to battle ISIS for complete control of the city of Sirte.

Libyan forces launched an offensive to retake Sirte in June.

Earlier last week, they captured a number of strategic locations with the aid of U.S. airstrikes.

Officials say the city is now 70 per cent liberated.

ISIS holds one last bastion in the city, a residential area that’s been under fire from Libyan forces.

A powerful ISIS affiliate seized Sirte last year, and was once seen as a fall-back option for the group if it were ever defeated in Iraq and Syria.


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